Wheatley

Terrence's masters recognized his literary talents and supported his efforts as a writer. Similarly, although it was the death of her masters that lead to her eventual freedom, the Wheatley's recognized this same impressive literary talent, and helped her to become educated and to pursue her dream of writing. Through their writing, both Wheatley and Terence gained respect as individuals and were seen for their achievements and not solely for the color of their skin.

In one of her most popular poems, "On Beings Brought from Africa to America," Wheatley writes

'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,

Taught me benighted soul to understand

That there's a god, that there's a savior too:

Once I redemption neither sought nor knew

Some view our sable race with scornful eye,

Remember Christians, Negroes, black as Cain,

Maybe refin'd and join th' angelic train.

As noted in Shuffelton, "Phillis Wheatley learned the power of speaking doubly as African and American," (Shuffelton, 230). Wheatley parallels her own being with the structure of the poem. Just as the poet is comprised of two racial identities, this poem is formed by two quat


 
 
 
 
 
 



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