Phillis Wheatley, one of America's most profound writers, has contributed greatly to American literature, not only as a writer, but as an African American woman, who has influenced many African Americans by enriching their knowledge of and exposure to their Negro heritage and Negro literature. As one of America's most renown writers, Wheatley, said to be the mother of African American Literature, is best known for her sympathetic portrayals of African American thought. Wheatley's literary contributions are vast in nature and distinguish her apart from most writers of her era. Her writings have helped in the molding of the African American tradition and are favored by people of all ethnic backgrounds.<br><br>Phillis Wheatley was born on the West coast of Africa. Her exact birthplace is unknown; however it is assumed that she was born near Senegambia, a territory that today is divided between the nation of Senegal and Gambia. Wheatley's birthplace is assumed to be near Senegambia because it was in this territory that Wheatley and others were introduced into the vile conditions of slavery. Kidnapped by slave agents at the age of seven, young Phillis had to endure the struggle to America alone. "Frail young Phillis probably survived the grim voyage to America only because she was in a loose pack. If she had been part of a tight pack she might not have survived" (Franklin, 223) Phillis Wheatley arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1761 at the age of eight. It was undoubtedly here where she was first exposed to the harsh conditions of the South. On the "stalls and auction blocks at the slave market", a wealthy Caucasian woman, named Susannah Wheatley purchased Phillis as "her personal servant and companion" (Loggins,98). Phillis Wheatley acquired her last name from Susannah Wheatley--it was the norm during this time period for slave owners to give their slaves their last names. She was named Phillis ironically "after the ship that brought her to slavery" (Loggias,
our reading assignments for this past week, I was thrilled to see that we would be reading the works of Phillis Wheatley. During one of my recent classes, The African American Experience, I was able to read about the impact that Phillis Wheatley had on the enslaved African Americans and our society as a whole. Her story is nothing short of amazing and her poetry is joy to read.
Phillis Wheatley was born in Africa around 1753 and was captured as a slave in the area known today as Senegal, which….
Phillis Wheatley was born on may eighth seventeen fifty three in Gambia, West Africa now Senegal, West Africa. She is the first african american and one of the first females to publish a book for a poem at an adolescent ave of twenty in seventeen seventy three.
At the age of eight years old Phillis Wheatley was brought to Boston, Massachusetts in 1761 on an indubitably cramped slave ship named "Phillis" which follows how Phillis Wheatley got her name.….
Phillis Wheatley’s “On Being Brought from Africa to America”
Phillis Wheatley was a black slave, born in Africa and brought to America in 1761. She was purchased by a man named John Wheatley and given to his wife as a companion. His wife, Susannah taught Phillis how to read and write out of sympathy and soon after, the intelligent child began to learn Latin. She was surrounded by a Christian family, which influenced many of her writings. She became….
Wheatley’s Literary Advance
The famous poet, Phillis Wheatley, uses many different figures of speech within her
poem, “To His Excellency, General Washington.” She believed that the Americans were fighting
a just cause and that she should support the patriots even if it meant giving up her freedom. She
sent praise to General Washington encouraging him to go to war and her use of literary devices
may have been what persuaded him to lead the fight for his nation’s freedom. Her use of….
In my response paper I would like to discuss the four poems written by Phillis Wheatley. Although she was brought to America as a slave she got well educated by her owner and so was able to read passages from the bible after a short time. This contact to Christianity is visible in every piece of writing she did. Wheatley wanted to praise different things and talk about her ideas. I think because she was a slave writing was the only opportunity to discuss her thoughts about Christianity, salvation….
Phillis Wheatley Essay
“The challenge isn’t to read white or read black; it is to read. If Phillis Wheatley stood for anything, it was the creed that culture was, could be, the equal possession of all humanity.” In this quote Henry Gates explains that people criticizing the work of Wheatley are missing the whole point of her work. The bias critics only see a black slave who should not be writing the way she is writing. Her critics overlook the beauty and the amount that her poems inspire….
Me (Question 1): So, Phillis. Please tell me what your journey was like from Africa to America.
Phillis Wheatley: Well, it was an extremely uncomfortable ship ride, if that is what you were wondering. The rooms were only 5 feet 8 inches high. But “Twas mercy [that] brought me from my Pagan land, taught my benighted soul to understand that there’s a God, that there’s a Savior too.” (Wheatley, 37. The Life and Works of Phillis Wheatley). Some people on the ship would look at our race “with….
Journal 1: Phillis Wheatley
First of all, I think it is important to note that the two poems discussed in this journal are either addressed to or written concerning white, prominent, men who have had some hand in dealing with slavery in America. Although I don’t know the “William” she is referring to in the first poem, it seems, through her poem and his title, that he had a great deal of power and the ability to make some political change. Washington, on the other hand, is more of an obvious example….
Wheatley is arguably one of the most discussed authors of her time. Her success is an accumulation of the many rare circumstances that she was afforded in life. One could argue that it was pure luck that afforded her the opportunity to be educated and published in a society that still supported slavery. Whetleys poetry has been received in many ways over many generations. Some support and understand her point of view while others criticize it and feel that she is a sell out and an Uncle Tom. Whatever….
Phillis Wheatley and Frederick Douglass both lived similar lives. They were both slaves, fighting for liberty and equality. Yet their experience was different. Wheatley was a woman who was brought into America as a slave and Douglass was born into slavery. He knew of no place to call home but the place where he was born, a place that he is not allowed to subsist as a free man. On the other hand, Wheatley came to reconciliation with it. In her poem “On Being Brought from Africa to America and Douglass’….