Phillis Wheatley

(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

On Recollection - Poem by Phillis Wheatley

MNEME begin. Inspire, ye sacred nine,
Your vent'rous Afric in her great design.
Mneme, immortal pow'r, I trace thy spring:
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Comments about On Recollection by Phillis Wheatley

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. (10/21/2015 9:40:00 PM)


    Ms. Whitley was a genius; she was ahead of her time. She is the original phenomenal woman. (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (10/21/2015 2:20:00 PM)


    Wheatley was a slave and it's startling to see how she uses classical mythology and ancient history as allusions. She must have been owned by people unafraid to allow her to learn not only to read but to write. But not many if any of her fellow slaves would have had a clue about ancient myths so this poem spoke basically to white people. (Report) Reply

  • (10/21/2015 9:24:00 AM)


    The virtue and boldness of Mneme shine through the words to inspire. Pleasant reading indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/21/2015 7:33:00 AM)


    Peace if the key about life. So, let us all live in unity. Nice work (Report) Reply








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