Summary Of On Being Brought From Wrica To America By Phillis Wheatley

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A young girl that would be known as Phillis Wheatley happened to be one of the most influential black poets in the 18th century. As it came, Phillis Wheatley, being a black woman with an educational upbringing endure great triumphs for her writings. She sought out to emphasize her view of slavery to freedom and rescue when finding Christianity. In all of Wheatley’s writings, there is one particular poem called, “On being brought from Africa to America”, that views into her journey to salvation and her experience in slavery. This poem particularly emphasizes Wheatley’s background and highlights all of the key points in a sense to understand Phillis Wheatley.
Phillis Wheatley’s poem “On being brought from Africa to America”, underlying denotation
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Wheatley’s poems included reference to slavery and religious aspects as remembrance of her life and knowledge. In addition to Wheatley’s theme, she capitalizes on slavery and the influence she experienced being a slave in the slave trade. Gates would clarify that Wheatley’s poem protested about the “slave trade” and her poem was her outlet of expression (Gates, Jr. 70). “this, it can be safely said, has been the most reviled poem in African-American literature”, mentioned by Henry Louis Gates, Jr in reference to Wheatleys poem On Being Brought from Africa to America (Gates, Jr. 70). According to Vincent Carretta, in his book Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage, speaks of “the poems notoriety understandably but unfairly derives from Wheatley’s apparent acceptance of contemporaneous justifications for the transatlantic slave trade” (Carretta 60). However, Wheatley did not only target on the negative aspect as being a slave, she concerned herself with her new enlighten life when she was purchased by a wealthy family such as John Wheatley. Living in the Wheatleys home and being the “a companion for his wife Susannah”, Phillis had the capability to be refined and lived comfortably (Baym 763). Wheatley also had the advantage unlike other slaves in the …show more content…
Wheatley’s second line of her poem, “Taught my benighted soul to understand” (Ln. 2), indicated her arrival did not only taught her about her new life but it would also introduce her to something meaningful. Wheatley expresses her feelings and recognition to being a slave and being brought to America. Wheatley then learned “that there’s a God, that there’s a Savior too” (Ln. 3), was the meaning of her life and gratefulness. “Once I redemption neither sought nor knew” (Ln. 4), Explains Wheatleys attitude to discovering of her new faith without needing to search for it. With her accessible background, Wheatley was capable of learning about Christianity and all it entails. Attaining Gods love, Wheatley proclaims “redemption”; “Once I redemption neither sought nor knew” (Ln. 4). It is also clear, Wheatley experiences Gods love and understands that such love is capable of saving her “sable race” (ln. 5). To combine, the top quatrain of this poem entails the gratitude of coming to the new world and finding salvation when recognizing the existence of God. The second quatrain again acclaims to learning of God and his love, but Wheatleys approach is towards to Christians recognizing their portrayal of the faith. Again in line five, “some view our sable race with scornful eye”, is an interpretation of something dark and evil being

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