"On Being Taken to America": Phyllis Wheatley
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The paper asserts that Phillis Wheatley's poem "On being taken to America" is significant because the theme illustrates the life of Wheatley herself. The paper explains that as the first published American Black woman's author, at the time of her writing it was not believed an African woman was capable of such writing. The paper posits that while in her poem she says we all can get to heaven, she could also be saying we can all learn to write.
From the Paper:"On July 11, 1761 the schooner Phillis, landed in Boston harbor in Massachusetts. Undoubtedly neither the owner of the slave ship, Timothy Finch, nor his captain Peter Gwinn, had any clue that among the cargo that disembarked that day was a future author who would be both named for their ship, write about the results of their labors, and in a very small way share responsibility for the end of the justification for the slave trade in which they engaged (Gates 16). In 1773, while still a teenager, Phillis would publish an eight-line poem, `On being taken to America' as part of an anthology that made her the..."
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"On Being Taken to America": Phyllis Wheatley (2009, December 01) Retrieved April 21, 2021, from https://www.academon.com/poem-review/on-being-taken-to-america-phyllis-wheatley-144368/
""On Being Taken to America": Phyllis Wheatley" 01 December 2009. Web. 21 April. 2021. <https://www.academon.com/poem-review/on-being-taken-to-america-phyllis-wheatley-144368/>