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    and reject walking in the glory of the Lord himself. Phillis Wheatley’s poems based on various topics have been read and praised by of highly praised thinkers like Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire. She could be considered brave since she was an African American who spoke her mind when other people of her kind were considered property instead of an individual human being. In her poem “To The University of Cambridge, In New…

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    Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano are two authors with a great deal in common. Wheatley, a poet, would often write about mundane matters, but it is her poems on slavery that are of special interest. Similarly, Olaudah Equiano wrote of slavery, but in an autobiographical form, detailing his personal journey from slavery to freedom. And yet, despite their shared circumstances, they had two very different purposes in mind when authoring their respective works, both of which shall be detailed…

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    eighteenth-century poem "To the University of Cambridge", Phillis Wheatley commands undergraduate students at Harvard to give attention to both their academics and to how their actions align with the lessons of moral conscientiousness and refinement that Jesus promotes. Wheatley's seemingly free meter contrasts with the position Wheatley sits in in the hierarchy of society. As an enslaved, penniless, formally-uneducated black woman, Wheatley resides at the bottom of the hierarchy of American…

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    America’s First Women Poets Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley defied the strict social norms in their days. Being a woman writer in a patriarchal society sure was a huge obstacle to overcome. Women at the time were expected to be housewives and child bearers. With the education and privileges afforded to them both Bradstreet and Wheatley, were able to write and publish works that in a time that suppressed creativity in women. This showed people at that time that neither race nor gender is a…

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    In the eighteenth century poem “To the University of Cambridge”, Phillis Wheatley highlights the importance of recognizing Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice of dying for the forgiveness of sins committed by all of mankind and of straying away from the temptation of sin. Despite being a slave who has received no formal university education, Wheatley is addressing students who are undergraduates at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a premiere institution of higher learning. Although the…

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    have learned about has to be Phillis Wheatley. Throughout my essay, I will be discussing the role Phillis Wheatley had on society, the uniqueness of her situation, and the controversy of her poetry. I will also mention the content within her poetry. We had the opportunity to read her poems, On Being Brought Africa to America, To the University of Cambridge, in New England, On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, 1770, and Thoughts on the Works of Providence. Wheatley did not approve of…

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    slavery in the Bible as well of biological racism as a tool while Abolitionists tended to use more New Testament ideals and Jesus as a tool for their ideas. One abolitionist who used religion is Phyllis Wheatley, a poet who was born in Africa and brought to America at a young age as a slave. Wheatley calls out Christians in her writings, stating that true Christians…

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    Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley are some of the most known poets around the world. But back in the 1600’s they weren’t considered a poet, let alone a contributor to society. But both of these women became a powerful threat to the men once they both became educated and had an interest in poetry. Bradstreet was a white Puritan who related greek beliefs to her lifestyle and human society as a whole. Wheatley was an African American poet who was a slave, but she wasn’t like the others, she was…

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    Phillis Wheatley was an African American woman born in West Africa in the year of 1753. Enslaved and brought to America at only age 8, Phillis Wheatley served as a house slave to the Wheatley family in Boston. After converting her to Christianity, the Wheatley family gave Phillis a formal education, and when Phillis demonstrated a talent for poetry the Wheatley family encouraged her artistically. Phillis Wheatley’s poems mainly dealt with her Christian faith and won her fame in both America and…

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    Phillis Wheatley wrote “On Being Brought from Africa to America” in 1768, to express her gratitude for becoming a slave because it allowed her to become enlightened in the teachings of Christianity. However, in being a slave she felt that just as the African American race was not perfect, neither were the “Christian” white slave owners and that one day they would all end up in the same place, despite their sins. During this time period, the fact that Wheatley even knew how to read and write was…

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