Phillis Wheatley Poems
- On Imagination THY various works, imperial queen, we see, ...
- An Hymn To The Morning ATTEND my lays, ye ever honour'd ...
- On Being Brought From Africa T... 'Twas mercy brought ...
- An Hymn To Humanity I. Lo! for this dark terrestrial ...
- Ode To Neptune On Mrs. W-----'s Voyage to England. ...
- On The Death Of A Young Lady O...
- On Virtue O Thou bright jewel in my aim I strive To ...
Phillis Wheatley was the first published African American poet and first African-American woman whose writings helped create the genre of African American literature. Born in Gambia, she was made a slave at age seven. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and helped encourage her poetry.
The 1773 publication of Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral brought her fame, with figures such as George Washington praising her work. Wheatley also toured England and was praised in a poem by fellow African American poet Jupiter Hammon. Wheatley was emancipated by her owners after her poetic success, but stayed with the ... more »
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THY various works, imperial queen, we see,
How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp
Thy wond'rous acts in beauteous order stand,
And all attest how potent is thine hand.
From Helicon's refulgent heights attend,
Ye sacred choir, and my attempts befriend:
To tell her glories with a faithful tongue,
Ye blooming graces, triumph in my song.
Now here, now there, the roving Fancy flies,
Till some lov'd object strikes her wand'ring eyes,
Whose silken fetters all the senses bind,
And soft captivity involves the mind.
Imagination! who ...