Phillis Wheatley

How does Phillis Wheatley negotiate being both a female author and a former slave in her poetry? Wheatley was kidnapped and sold into slavery in West Africa when she was seven years old. Yet she was taught to read and allowed to write by those who enslaved her in Boston. They encouraged her talents, and her poetry was well read, even praised by the likes of George Washington. Thus, Wheatley’s identity is full of contradictions and complications. How do these antinomies get represented in the poetry and how do they come to shape her poetic voice/identity?

please make sure you engage critically and creatively with the text Phillis Wheatley.provide evidence of analysis from the reading phillis


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