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A Farewell To America To Mrs. S. W.

Rating: 3.4
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ADIEU, New-England's smiling meads,
Adieu, the flow'ry plain:
I leave thine op'ning charms, O spring,
And tempt the roaring main.

II.
In vain for me the flow'rets rise,
And boast their gaudy pride,
While here beneath the northern skies
I mourn for health deny'd.
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Bill Cantrell 19 December 2018
An astounding poem! A true poetess who was before her time, I see poetic elegance and grace in this poem, something that I find rare today with contemporary poets..full marks for this!
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Douglas Scotney 20 January 2015
'fell', an adjective meaning 'cruel'. A warning against complacency
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John Richter 20 January 2015
Please take the time to read Phillis' biography. You'll find that she was a slave who lived and died before the 19th century and was taught to read by her owners, presumably with their children. I'm sure that some would even think her first name misspelled. Regardless - as a poet I hereby humbly request that after my body expires it would be of particular pleasure to my soul for my words to be presented as I wrote them. I would ask that Phillis' words be kept as is not only for posterity, or to preserve the idea of poetic license, but to more importantly involve the reader with her struggles and the rare oddity that belongs solely to this very lovely and unique woman.
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Kim Barney 20 January 2015
Did nobody else notice that FAREWELL is misspelled by Poem Hunter in the title? Or is that the way Wheatley herself spelled it?
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 20 January 2015
Adieu, the flow'ry plain: the farewell like a farewell smile and tears.........lovely
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Babatunde Aremu 20 January 2015
Reading through this poem, I can sense prophecy which is manifesting now
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Paul Akinrinde 08 October 2014
The beauteaous sequins of this ephemeral world, transient carrion fancies, makes a waiting soul, at the anteroom of death feel anguish of mind. But a higher plane of consolation, lies in the cerulean heights, for casts, who fix their gaze at the indescribable gold of heavenly places.
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Kevin Straw 20 January 2010
A pretty poem, but an empty one. I see 'mein' is misspelled - it should be 'mien' - '(chow) mein' is a Chinese food, or German for 'my'. The word is also wrongly spelt in Project Gutenberg. Which makes me wonder where Poemhunter got it from!
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Ramesh T A 20 January 2010
When grief stricken and the heart is full of pain of loss of dear one all beautiful things of Nature and sweet things of life become a matter of no concern however delightful they all might have been once and cannot be enjoyed again so! Message of grief written in nice verse moves heart much indeed!
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Ravi A 20 January 2009
After a long time I have read a good poem composed in the very format of poetry. The poem is highly readable. The emotions that it invokes cannot be easily translated into words....Ravi Panamanna
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