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John Wheatley, of Boston, in New England published 1 September is a collection of 39 poems written by Phillis Wheatley , the first professional African-American woman poet in America and the first African-American woman whose writings were published.
Phillis Wheatley broke barriers as the first American black woman poet to be published, opening the door for future black authors. James Weldon Johnson , author, politician, diplomat and one of the first African-American professors at New York University , wrote of Wheatley that "she is not a great American poet—and in her day there were no great American poets—but she is an important American poet.
Her importance, if for no other reason, rests on the fact that, save one, she is the first in order of time of all the women poets of America. And she is among the first of all American poets to issue a volume. Phillis Wheatley had gathered 28 poems and ran advertisements searching for subscribers in Boston newspapers in February with the aid of her mistress, Mrs.
She was unable to find a publisher in the American colonies, as it was common among the white educated colonial elite in America to a perceive a racial superiority of whites over blacks. This belief was also held among prominent Enlightenment thinkers, among them David Hume who wrote that "I am apt to suspect the Negroes, and in general all the other species of men for there are four or five different kinds to be naturally inferior to the whites"  and Immanuel Kant who believed that "[t]he Negroes of Africa have by nature no feeling that rises above the trifling.
Wheatley sent her poem On the Rev. George Whitefield , which had previously brought her national attention, to Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon , a Calvinist evangelist, who had been a member of Whitefield's parish.
She directed Wheatley to a Bostonian bookseller, Archibald Bell, London's foremost bookseller and printer. Bell replied that since Phillis was a slave, he would need proof that she had written the poems herself. In what became standard practice for black authors writing in the 18th and early 19th centuries including Olaudah Equiano and Venture Smith , Wheatley included in her book an apologetic and deferential preface, explaining how the poems "were written originally for the Amusement of the Author, as they were the products of her leisure Moments.
Included in editions of Poems on Various Subjects is a letter from John Wheatley to Archibald Bell, explaining how Phillis Wheatley was brought from Africa to America at the age of eight as a slave, that she had no prior knowledge of the English language and what she did know, she did not learn from formal education, but from the Wheatley family.
The letter also stated that Phillis had begun to learn to Latin and was making "some progress in it". On 8 October , Phillis Wheatley, then about 18 years of age, was interviewed by 18 gentlemen identified publicly "as the most respectable characters in Boston. The men signed an attestation clause verifying that they believed Wheatley had written the poems herself, as claimed by her owner, John Wheatley.
What sort of questioning Wheatley was subjected to is unknown, for according to Henry Louis Gates "no transcript of the exchanges that occurred between Miss Wheatley and her eighteen examiners" exists today, but Wheatley appears to have "passed [her inquiry] with flying colors. She has been examined by some of the best Judges, and is thought qualified to write them. Phillis Wheatley was an avid student of the Bible and especially admired the works of Alexander Pope — , the British neoclassical writer.
Through Pope's translation of Homer , she also developed a taste for Greek mythology , all which have an enormous influence on her work, with much of her poetry dealing with important figures of her day. Written to Scipio Moorhead , an enslaved African American artist living in Boston, credited with engraving the frontispiece of Wheatley used in Poems on Various Subjects. The poem follows Wheatley's pattern of offering praise for individuals, in this instance seemingly as gratitude for the frontispiece.
TO show the lab'ring bosom's deep intent, And thought in living characters to paint, When first thy pencil did those beauties give, And breathing figures learnt from thee to live, How did those prospects give my soul delight, A new creation rushing on my sight?
Still, wond'rous youth! And may the charms of each seraphic theme Conduct thy footsteps to immortal fame! High to the blissful wonders of the skies Elate thy soul, and raise thy wishful eyes.
Thrice happy, when exalted to survey That splendid city, crown'd with endless day, Whose twice six gates on radiant hinges ring: Celestial Salem blooms in endless spring. Calm and serene thy moments glide along, And may the muse inspire each future song! Still, with the sweets of contemplation bless'd, May peace with balmy wings your soul invest! This work brought about Wheatley's initial fame. Published in Boston, Philadelphia and New Haven, it is an elegiac poem written in heroic couplets, in honor of Reverend Whitefield, an influential preacher in New England and the founder of Methodism.
Hail, happy saint, on thine immortal throne, Possest of glory, life, and bliss unknown; We hear no more the music of thy tongue, Thy wonted auditories cease to throng.
Thy sermons in unequall'd accents flow'd, And ev'ry bosom with devotion glow'd; Thou didst in strains of eloquence refin'd Inflame the heart, and captivate the mind.
Unhappy we the setting sun deplore, So glorious once, but ah! Behold the prophet in his tow'ring flight! He leaves the earth for heav'n's unmeasur'd height, And worlds unknown receive him from our sight.
There Whitefield wings with rapid course his way, And sails to Zion through vast seas of day. Thy pray'rs, great saint, and thine incessant cries Have pierc'd the bosom of thy native skies. Thou moon hast seen, and all the stars of light, How he has wrestled with his God by night. He pray'd that grace in ev'ry heart might dwell, He long'd to see America excell; He charg'd its youth that ev'ry grace divine Should with full lustre in their conduct shine; That Saviour, which his soul did first receive, The greatest gift that ev'n a God can give, He freely offer'd to the num'rous throng, That on his lips with list'ning pleasure hung.
But, though arrested by the hand of death, Whitefield no more exerts his lab'ring breath, Yet let us view him in th' eternal skies, Let ev'ry heart to this bright vision rise; While the tomb safe retains its sacred trust, Till life divine re-animates his dust. Following the style of Alexander Pope, Wheatley invokes Virtue to aid her on her journey through life, and her strife for a higher appellation.
O Thou bright jewel in my aim I strive To comprehend thee. Thine own words declare Wisdom is higher than a fool can reach. I cease to wonder, and no more attempt Thine height t' explore, or fathom thy profound.
But, O my soul, sink not into despair, Virtue is near thee, and with gentle hand Would now embrace thee, hovers o'er thine head. Fain would the heav'n-born soul with her converse, Then seek, then court her for her promis'd bliss. Auspicious queen, thine heav'nly pinions spread, And lead celestial Chastity along; Lo!
Attend me, Virtue, thro' my youthful years! O leave me not to the false joys of time! But guide my steps to endless life and bliss. Greatness, or Goodness, say what I shall call thee, To give me an higher appellation still, Teach me a better strain, a nobler lay, O thou, enthron'd with Cherubs in the realms of day. Written in honor of King George III, this was a poem of praise for a notable person of the day, as were the subjects of many of Wheatley's poems.
Here she praises him on behalf of the American colonies for his repeal of the Stamp Act. O may your sceptre num'rous nations sway, And all with love and readiness obey! But how shall we the British king reward! Rule thou in peace, our father, and our lord! Great God, direct, and guard him from on high, And from his head let ev'ry evil fly! And may each clime with equal gladness see A monarch's smile can set his subjects free! Wheatley was the first African-American to publish a book, man or woman, and the first to achieve an international reputation when she travelled to London to publish Poems on Various Subjects in Wheatley was unable to publish any additional poetry.
Between 30 October and 18 December , she ran six advertisements soliciting subscribers for " pages in Octavo", a volume "Dedicated to the Right Hon. Benjamin Franklin, Esq. As with Poems on Various Subjects , however, the American populace would not support one of its most noted poets.
An estimated total of of Wheatley's poems have been lost. Thomas Jefferson panned Wheatley's ability in his Notes on the State of Virginia , writing that "[r]eligion, indeed, has produced a Phillis Wheatley; but it could not produce a poet.
The compositions published under her name are below the dignity of criticism. George Washington responded to a poem Wheatley had composed for him, writing that "however undeserving I may be of such encomium and panegyrick, the style and manner exhibit a striking proof of your great poetical Talents. In addition, Johnson notes that her poetry was simply the poetry of the time, that is, the 18th century, and that she was very much influenced by Alexander Pope.
Johnson concludes by stating that "her work must not be judged by the work and standards of a later day, but by the work and standards of her own day and her own contemporaries.
By this method of criticism she stands out as one of the important characters in the making of American literature, without any allowances for her sex or her antecedents". It is also argued that Wheatley's position as a slave did not afford her the freedom to truly speak her mind in her poetry. Scholars have recently uncovered poems, letters and facts about Wheatley and her association with 18th-century black abolitionists, and "charted her notable use of classicism and have explicated the sociological intent of her biblical allusions.
All this research and interpretation has proven Wheatley's disdain for the institution of slavery and her use of art to undermine its practice". This poem can be said to be among the most controversial poems in African-American literature, as it overlooks the brutality of the slave trade, the horrors of the middle passage and the oppressive life of slavery. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Sewell" "On the Rev. Richard Wilson" "To S. By Phillis Wheatley. London: Printed for A. Bell, bookseller, Aldgate; and sold by Messrs. The Book of American Negro Poetry. Referenced 28 April Including all the essays, and exhibiting the more important alterations and corrections in the successive editions published by the author.
Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime. John T. University of California Press, , Archived from the original on 4 January Referenced 2 May Revolutionary Poet: a story about Phillis Wheatley. Carolrhoda Books, Inc. The Poetry Foundation. Referenced 14 May Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. Archived from the original on 22 February Retrieved 8 May The Project Gutenberg EBook.
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Although she was an enslaved person, Phillis Wheatley Peters was one of the best-known poets in preth century America. Her name was a household word among literate colonists and her achievements a catalyst for the fledgling antislavery movement. But it was the Whitefield elegy that brought Wheatley national renown. Wheatley, ran advertisements for subscribers in Boston newspapers in February When the colonists were apparently unwilling to support literature by an African, she and the Wheatleys turned in frustration to London for a publisher.
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John Wheatley, of Boston, in New England published 1 September is a collection of 39 poems written by Phillis Wheatley , the first professional African-American woman poet in America and the first African-American woman whose writings were published. Phillis Wheatley broke barriers as the first American black woman poet to be published, opening the door for future black authors. James Weldon Johnson , author, politician, diplomat and one of the first African-American professors at New York University , wrote of Wheatley that "she is not a great American poet—and in her day there were no great American poets—but she is an important American poet. Her importance, if for no other reason, rests on the fact that, save one, she is the first in order of time of all the women poets of America. And she is among the first of all American poets to issue a volume.
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Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
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Phillis Wheatley — poet. The first book published by an African American on the North American continent, first appeared early in September of Printed in London and backed by the British philanthropist Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, an earlier version of this book, which was to have been printed in Boston, was rejected for racist reasons.
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Мгновение спустя она, спотыкаясь, карабкалась вверх по ступенькам, совершенно забыв о таящейся внизу опасности. Она двигалась вслепую, скользя на гладких ступеньках, и скопившаяся влага капала на нее дождем. Ей казалось, что пар буквально выталкивает ее наверх, через аварийный люк. Оказавшись наконец в шифровалке, Сьюзан почувствовала, как на нее волнами накатывает прохладный воздух. Ее белая блузка промокла насквозь и прилипла к телу.
Почему вы не дождались полицейских. И не отдали кольцо. - Мне много чего нужно, мистер Беккер, но неприятности точно не нужны.
Беккер вильнул в сторону, и тут же боковое зеркало превратилось в осколки. Он почувствовал, как этот удар передался на руль, и плотнее прижался к мотоциклу. Боже всевышний. Похоже, мне не уйти. Асфальт впереди становился светлее и ярче.
Рыжеволосая, - сказал Беккер, уклоняясь от ответа. - Рыжеволосая? - переспросила. Пауза.
Не я один его ищу.