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reaction of non-slaves

posted Jan 20, 2011 16:16:03 by katelynnthewonderful
I can't even imagine how non-slaves reacted to Wheatly's poems. They had to have been outraged that a slave was publishing things in the newspaper. In this specific poem she says "that there's a God, that there's a Saviour too". It would be hard keeping faith going through everything a slave went through, even though she is going through all this she still has faith and believes in a higher power. This probably made people even more crazed about her writing in newspaper. Them thinking she could still have all this self assurance after all this happened. I think that non-slaves would relate to this poem as not very meaningful because unless you are a true slave, you will never know the pain and agony that they actually go through. She proves her point in a very short, but subtle way that not many could understand. I would never be able to go through what they went through.
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ilovekatelynn said Jan 20, 2011 16:35:11
Good point katelynnthewonderful. When I read this poem I did not think about how other people would react to the poem other than slaves that needed the inspiration. I agree with the point you made saying that non-slave people would not understand the poem because they were not the ones going through the hard times the slaves were faced with. I also agree with the statement you made about non-slave people being furious with them for stating their mind and writing about their troubled times.
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