At the age of seven, most people are starting first grade and learning how to tie their shoes, color in between the lines, or read small sentences. I could not imagine having it any other way. The character in this poem, however, was sold into slavery at the age of seven. Sadly, she didn’t get to go to first grade. Instead, she had to write poems about slavery that was published in local newspapers. The author’s tone in this poem is surprisingly the complete opposite of depressing. This girl is living the worst of the worst at the very bottom of the chain, a slave, and she is still writing positively. She writes like she understands the horrible things that are happening and she accepts them. The author says, “Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,/ Taught my benighted soul to understand/ That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too: (1-3). Mainly, she states that she understands that she was taken from her homeland, but she is okay with it. She knows there is a God, a Saviour, which will save her and help her get on the right path. I believe the non-slaves were very shocked reading her poems. She wasn’t writing about all the miserable things slaves have to do and the conditions they live in. She wrote about keeping her head up and patiently waiting to find the light at the end of the tunnel. The non-slaves probably enjoyed reading her poems, considering the poems gained popularity. The readers felt it was a surprisingly good change.
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