The four words that I believe affect the overall meaning of the poem are benighted, redemption, scornful, and diabolic. The word benighted means to be intellectually or morally ignorant. This automatically makes me think about how the slaves were treated and how they were viewed. Then when I see the word redemption it tells me that she was angry at whoever it was that took her and brought her to America. The word scornful also makes me think about how the slaves were looked down upon. Then the word diabolic comes in which means having the qualities of a devil. The color of their skin was being referred to as a diabolic die or being like the devil's. You can definitely tell that the author used these words to show how hard it was for them and how they were treated.
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