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(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

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On Imagination

THY various works, imperial queen, we see,
How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp
by thee!
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  • * Sunprincess * (2/27/2014 10:24:00 PM)

    .....enjoyed tremendously..

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  • Vizard Dhawan (2/27/2014 8:10:00 PM)

    ‘Tithonus is based on a classical fable.
    Aurora, the goddess of Dawn, fell in
    love with a handsome youth, Tithonus
    by name. At the request of the
    goddess, Zeus allowed the gift of
    immortality on Tithonus. The goddess,
    however, forgot to ask for the
    perpetuation of her lover’s youth and
    beauty. With the passage of time
    Tithonus grew frightfully old and
    enfeebled, so much so that his goddess
    take back her gift and let him die, but
    Aurora was helpless, as even, “gods
    themselves can not recall their gifts”

  • Celeste Bright (2/27/2014 1:14:00 AM)

    Ms. Wheatley takes us on a journey far and away in Imagination, but alas at the end reality pulls us back to Earth.

  • Ramesh Rai (1/31/2014 9:39:00 PM)

    Enthusiastically a brilliant and lovely write. During the age of slavery She was having such divine and profound thoughts. Filled my heart with cascading pleasures.

  • Edwin Chris (2/27/2013 3:49:00 PM)

    Brilliant, i love it!

  • Nthabiseng Kgoronyane (2/27/2012 4:01:00 PM)

    Wow what a beautiful piece. :) me like!

  • Carlos Echeverria (2/27/2012 11:00:00 AM)

    She's sharing her unfettered inner-world.

  • David Aoloch Bion (2/27/2011 10:28:00 AM)

    Good ideas from Afirca. I enjoy reading it as the first African poem on Poemhunrt.................,

  • Joseph Poewhit (2/27/2010 5:25:00 PM)

    Beautiful word flow for one to read.

  • Indira Renganathan (2/27/2010 4:11:00 AM)

    Heavenly choice of words outflowing effortlessly in this poem...Phillis Wheatley was a slave to poetry only I suppose...making us all slaves to her imagination...marvelous

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