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On Imagination - Poem by Phillis Wheatley

THY various works, imperial queen, we see,
How bright their forms! how deck'd with pomp
by thee!
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 can sing thy force?
Or who describe the swiftness of thy course?
Soaring through air to find the bright abode,
Th' empyreal palace of the thund'ring God,
We on thy pinions can surpass the wind,
And leave the rolling universe behind:
From star to star the mental optics rove,
Measure the skies, and range the realms above.
There in one view we grasp the mighty whole,
Or with new worlds amaze th' unbounded soul.
Though Winter frowns to Fancy's raptur'd eyes
The fields may flourish, and gay scenes arise;
The frozen deeps may break their iron bands,
And bid their waters murmur o'er the sands.
Fair Flora may resume her fragrant reign,
And with her flow'ry riches deck the plain;
Sylvanus may diffuse his honours round,
And all the forest may with leaves be crown'd:
Show'rs may descend, and dews their gems disclose,
And nectar sparkle on the blooming rose.
Such is thy pow'r, nor are thine orders vain,
O thou the leader of the mental train:
In full perfection all thy works are wrought,
And thine the sceptre o'er the realms of thought.
Before thy throne the subject-passions bow,
Of subject-passions sov'reign ruler thou;
At thy command joy rushes on the heart,
And through the glowing veins the spirits dart.
Fancy might now her silken pinions try
To rise from earth, and sweep th' expanse on high:
From Tithon's bed now might Aurora rise,
Her cheeks all glowing with celestial dies,
While a pure stream of light o'erflows the skies.
The monarch of the day I might behold,
And all the mountains tipt with radiant gold,
But I reluctant leave the pleasing views,
Which Fancy dresses to delight the Muse;
Winter austere forbids me to aspire,
And northern tempests damp the rising fire;
They chill the tides of Fancy's flowing sea,
Cease then, my song, cease the unequal lay.

Comments about On Imagination by Phillis Wheatley

  • Rookie - 0 Points Leah Thompson (2/1/2016 7:48:00 PM)

    The poet takes us through a journey. Like we can see a world we have never been to. Her poems, though insightful and meaningful, have some dark thought behind them, which I don not mind that much. I hope Ms.Wheatley knew how exquisite her poems were. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 61,554 Points Susan Williams (10/21/2015 2:58:00 PM)

    Some think this poem 'On Imagination' has an underlying meaning concerning the abilities of slaves to learn and excel in creative subjects just as well as the white race. Maybe so. It certainly can be read in that vein. Like Imagination! Who can sing thy force? could be asking who cannot be inspired to create? There is a force in this poem called Winter that discourages imagination. Winter could be seen as the white man who rips the ability to read out of black hands as well as the ability to write which pretty much freezes imagination to the ephemeral oral transmission of thoughts.
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  • Gold Star - 5,396 Points Vishal Sharma (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” (Report) Reply

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Poems About Imagination

  1. 1. On Imagination , Phillis Wheatley
  2. 2. Mr. Cogito And The Imagination , Zbigniew Herbert
  3. 3. Oberon's Feast , Robert Herrick
  4. 4. Imagination , Clark Ashton Smith
  5. 5. Goblin Market , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  6. 6. O Imagination! , Sri Chinmoy Ghose
  7. 7. The Wind On The Hills , Dora Sigerson Shorter
  8. 8. Flora's Party , Lydia Huntley Sigourney
  9. 9. Love And Imagination , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  10. 10. Pure Imagination , Roald Dahl
  11. 11. Jabberwocky , Lewis Carroll
  12. 12. Kubla Khan , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  13. 13. The Fairies , William Allingham
  14. 14. To Imagination , Emily Jane Brontë
  15. 15. Christabel , Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  16. 16. The Sugar-Plum Tree , Eugene Field
  17. 17. Fairies , Rose Fyleman
  18. 18. Imagination's Mesmerization , James Walter Orr
  19. 19. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The F.. , Mark Akenside
  20. 20. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The F.. , Mark Akenside
  21. 21. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The S.. , Mark Akenside
  22. 22. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The T.. , Mark Akenside
  23. 23. Modern Love Xxxviii: Give To Imagination , George Meredith
  24. 24. Book Thirteenth [imagination And Taste, .. , William Wordsworth
  25. 25. Imagination , John Bannister Tabb
  26. 26. Play Of The Imagination , Charles Frederick White
  27. 27. Ode On Imagination , Clark Ashton Smith
  28. 28. Imagination (Suggested By An Ideal Portr.. , Martin Farquhar Tupper
  29. 29. Imagination , Gamaliel Bradford
  30. 30. Imagination , Robert William Service
  31. 31. Book Twelfth [imagination And Taste, How.. , William Wordsworth

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