People associated slaves with being uneducated and therefore incapable of being successful writers, but that is definitely not the case in this Phillis Wheatley poem. Wheately used several skilled techniques to make this poem flow. Every line poem rhymes, and the rhymes really fit, they were not just thrown in thereto make the poem flow. For example in lines one and two "land" and "understand" rhyme, in three and four "too" and "knew" rhyme, in five and six it is "eye" and "die", and in lines seven and eight "Cain" and "train" rhyme. Wheatley uses strong words like benighted, sable, scornful, and diabolic that show Wheatley's extensive vocabulary. Wheatley also uses one another technique to make the poem flow really work. Instead of spelling out an entire word, Wheatley shortens a few words up to make the length of each line consistent.For example Wheatley uses "'Twas", "refin'd", and "th'". "On Being Brought from Africa to America" by Phillis Wheatley has great sentence structure and consistency that makes for a great flow and fast read. Wheatley's techniques and word choice definately show a skilled and educated writer.
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