Phillis Wheatley was the first published African American poet and first African-American woman whose writings helped create the genre of African American literature. Born in Gambia, she was made a slave at age seven. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and helped encourage her poetry.
The 1773 publication of Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral brought her fame, with figures such as George Washington praising her work. Wheatley also toured England and was praised in a poem by fellow African American poet Jupiter Hammon. Wheatley was emancipated by her owners after her poetic success, but stayed with the ... more »
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- On Imagination
- On Being Brought from Africa to America
- An Hymn To The Morning
- One Being Brought From Africa To America
- A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An ...
- On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea...
- An Hymn to Humanity
- A Farewel To America to Mrs. S. W.
- On Recollection
- An Hymn To The Evening
- A Rebus
- Ode To Neptune
- On Virtue
- Niobe In Distress For Her Children Slain...
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