- Title: Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings
- Author: Phillis Wheatley
- ISBN: null
- Page: 268
- Format: Paperback
In 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to the Wheatley family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley Struck by Phillis extraordinary precociousness, the Wheatleys provided her with an education that was unusual for a woman of the time and astonishing for a slave After studying English and classical literature, geography, the Bible, and Latin, PhilliIn 1761, a young girl arrived in Boston on a slave ship, sold to the Wheatley family, and given the name Phillis Wheatley Struck by Phillis extraordinary precociousness, the Wheatleys provided her with an education that was unusual for a woman of the time and astonishing for a slave After studying English and classical literature, geography, the Bible, and Latin, Phillis published her first poem in 1767 at the age of 14, winning much public attention and considerable fame When Boston publishers who doubted its authenticity rejected an initial collection of her poetry, Wheatley sailed to London in 1773 and found a publisher there for Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral This volume collects both Wheatley s letters and her poetry hymns, elegies, translations, philosophical poems, tales, and epyllions including a poignant plea to the Earl of Dartmouth urging freedom for America and comparing the country s condition to her own With her contemplative elegies and her use of the poetic imagination to escape an unsatisfactory world, Wheatley anticipated the Romantic Movement of the following century The appendices to this edition include poems of Wheatley s contemporary African American poets Lucy Terry, Jupiter Harmon, and Francis Williams.
Recent Comments "Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings"
As a note to start - I read only the introductory material, concluding notes, and "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral", not the extant poems, variants of published poems, and letters. I'm still considering this done because I don't feel reading every variant of a poem is necessary (and what I read was her only published work).It's hard to review a collection like this. Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and enslaved, brought to America around eight years old. She showed an aptitude for l [...]
(I only read excerpts from this collection) This style of poetry is not my cup of tea, but the woman behind it is inspiring. A black slave is brought over to America and despite all that is pitted against her because of her race and social status, she learns to read and write. Beyond that, she becomes an artist. She often writes in iambic pentameter with an intense understanding for poetic traditions that came long before her (Homeric for example). Her audacity and sheer courage to write to such [...]
Phillis Wheatley's story is one that any poetry lover or history lover would appreciate. Phillis was brought over to America on a slave ship in 1761 when she was about age 7. She was bought by the Wheatley family as a domestic servant. Unlike most slave owners, the Wheatley's educated their servants. In less that ten years, Phillis proved to be not only a quick learner but a gifted poet. She was the first published woman of African descent. You will be so impressed by her poems and testimony.
I was much more interested in reading about this woman and the period she wrote in than her actual poetry. It was dreadful -- very depressing -- as she wrote very religious and honorific poems to her "masters" and other white people.
preface: i don't know how to read poetry, or a collection of poems ~~i really like Phillis Wheatley's style of writing! it's very descriptive, using beautiful language to describe the skies, heaven, hell, grief, death, seasons, religion, etc. it's also easy to read (i personally read them out loud like a dork), but i never read poetry so i was apprehensive that it would be difficult and convoluted like required-reading poetry usually s, but it's not! i had to google some words tho, fo sho. since [...]
If not for the Penguin Classics series, I would not know who Phillis Wheatley was, and that is a shame. She was the first professional African American professional poet. A slave of a family in Massachusetts, by all accounts they encouraged her to learn. Purchased, she had no formal education, and did not speak English. It is frankly stunning that she became a woman of letters with this start to her life. The introductory material is very interesting, and worth the read.The poems themselves belo [...]
I've always admired Phillis Wheatley, not so much for her poetry, but for what she stood for during her time period. Although technically she isn't the FIRST published African American female writer (that title should go to Lucy Terry), she was the first African American female poet to practically take the world by storm with the power of her words. Her poetry is rather dry and outdated to read these days, but it is worth reading to appreciate one of the first African American authors to ever be [...]
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