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Wheatley is definately an educated, brilliant writer

posted Jan 18, 2011 16:31:21 by jgcabs
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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JessicaPhelps2192 said Jan 20, 2011 05:38:59
Wow, you really did an amazing job on understanding Phillis Wheatley and her poem. You seriously could not have said it any better. I definitely agree with you completely. Considering Phillis was a slave, she did an outstanding job at writing this poem. That just shows how stereotypes that people always give, like slaves being so dumb, are most of the time not even true. I love all the examples of words and lines you used from the poem to help prove your point even more. Wheatley mentioned how being taken out of her homeland and being forced into slavery wasn’t that bad for her. She knew that God, a Savior, would be there to help her get through it. She is not only a skilled and educated writer, but a very brave, and strong-willed person.
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Seancorc said Jan 20, 2011 16:03:01
You're pretty much completely right, and I think it's good thing to point out and especially important to realize because it gives some insight into her willingness to learn, be educated, and write, especially considering her situation as a slave. Keeping this in mind, and seeing her education in her poem, it sheds a little light on her situation and gives the poem a little more meaning, telling a side-story about how the writer cares about her education and writing skills in the face of suppression and restraint.
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NatalieAldean23 said Jan 20, 2011 16:16:06
I could not agree with you more for your interpretation about this author. This author is definitely very well educated and brilliant at writing. Wheatly uses fantastic words that help us understand the poem more. This poem is a great example of slaves and slavery. She has a nice way of shortening the words to make the length of the line the same way as all the other lines. I like this writer and her techniques that she uses throughout the poem.
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