Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

A wonderful read and such a tragic lost.

Philessatry

Phillis Wheatley holds the distinction of being the first published female African poet in the American colonies.  Her story is a dizzying tale of enslavement, achievement and the unpredictable nature of life and talent.

It’s nearly impossible to do her justice in poetic form.  While her life seems a lesson in the righteous power of the human spirit, her story is rife with irony, which makes it exceedingly difficult to honor.

Though born in West Africa, (either Senegal or Gambia) she was kidnapped, transported to the colonies and sold into slavery at 8 years old.  By all accounts she was treated *kind* and given an education well beyond what most men and women (white or otherwise) received at the time.  While developing her talents she embraced Christian dogma and the societal conditioning of colonial life, going so far as to decry the “pagan” nature of her homeland.

Her major work, Poems of…

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Author: Helen Ingram

Self Published author, artist, interviewer and owner of New Art United