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On Being Brought From Africa To America - Poem by Phillis Wheatley

'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.


Comments about On Being Brought From Africa To America by Phillis Wheatley

  • Gold Star - 88,110 Points Susan Williams (10/21/2015 3:35:00 PM)

    There's a lot of well-written comments on this poem printed below. Sarcasm could definitely be a key to this poem, but I would toss into the discussion that there is a history of the slaves embracing Christianity and there was nothing sarcastic in their belief. They found comfort in Jesus Christ and in the promise of happiness in heaven. Being the rare educated slave, she may have mocked the beliefs of her fellows, the inferior field slaves. I hate to think that. Sometimes high education can lead to arrogance but I don't want to see that trait in the poet. Besides, I sense a sincerity in her. She could very well be thankful that she was brought from a country that did not know Christianity to a country where she learned about the religion and was given the high education she would never have received in Africa. She seems to have been well treated and valued so perhaps she felt she was better off than she would have been in Africa where she may have lived in a slavery to African cultural beliefs that women were cattle. Just a thought. I find myself swaying back and forth on the issue of sarcasm versus sincerity. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie DaVonna Moore-Middleton (1/28/2015 9:30:00 AM)

    Phillis Wheatley is a really good poet. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 24,921 Points Ramesh Rai (1/31/2014 9:27:00 PM)

    A great tribute to the Lord to bestow His mercy and many many thanks to Wheatley family to engross firm faith to enlighten the great soul which shall ever be enlightening the world. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Africa

  1. 1. On Being Brought From Africa To America , Phillis Wheatley
  2. 2. Africa , Claude McKay
  3. 3. A Far Cry From Africa , Derek Walcott
  4. 4. Africa , Joseph Seamon Cotter
  5. 5. To The Genius Of Africa , Robert Southey
  6. 6. Africa , SEGUN RASAKI
  7. 7. A Memorial Of Africa , George MacDonald
  8. 8. ! ! Spirit Of Africa , Bob Blackwell
  9. 9. A Cry From South Africa , James Montgomery
  10. 10. Brother Africa , Colin Ian Jeffery
  11. 11. Born In Africa , St Antoine de la Vuadi
  12. 12. An Echo From Africa , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  13. 13. Don’t Cry For Me Africa , Aldo Kraas
  14. 14. The Battle Of Shina, In Africa, Fought I.. , William Topaz McGonagall
  15. 15. Mid Wastes Of Africa A Wanderer Sped , France Preseren
  16. 16. ' My Africa Home , Efe Benjamin
  17. 17. An Africa Thunderstorm , David Rubadiri
  18. 18. It's The Africa In Me , Diana van den Berg
  19. 19. Africa, My Ancient Home! , Eche Ononukwe
  20. 20. Mama Africa , Sylvia Chidi
  21. 21. Africa , Abisoye Sejoro
  22. 22. A Colonized Mind Of Africa , Jacques Sprenkie Mateya
  23. 23. Daughter Of Africa , Peter Rhodes
  24. 24. Africa , Chime Hilary Uchenna
  25. 25. Rise Up Africa , Paul Owusu-Aduening
  26. 26. To Africa (While I Was There In The Dese.. , Peter S. Quinn
  27. 27. Our Dead In South Africa , Jean Blewett
  28. 28. Africa , Brynn Fier
  29. 29. (africa Poems) Eagle Metaphor , Pheko Motaung
  30. 30. Africa Sings , Diana van den Berg
  31. 31. Csi Africa 'Haiku' , Josephe Buchanan
  32. 32. Africa , Gopi Krishnan Kottoor
  33. 33. I Have A Dream Of An Africa , LLM Mbatha
  34. 34. Oh It Is Africa , lizzie davis
  35. 35. Giant Of Africa , Mimiko moruf oluwakayode
  36. 36. I Dreamt I Was In Africa , Francis Duggan
  37. 37. South Africa Is Also My Country , Gert Strydom
  38. 38. Africa , TracyLee Eckstein
  39. 39. **the Konye Obaji Ori (United Africa) .. , konye ori
  40. 40. A Toast To Africa , Carrie Williams Clifford
  41. 41. Image Of Africa , Edward Kofi Louis
  42. 42. Our Africa , kelvin karani
  43. 43. Crying 'Africa' , konye ori
  44. 44. Africa , sallam yassin
  45. 45. Awake Mother Africa , Bartholomew Arkoh Boamah Sar ..
  46. 46. Children In Africa (C.I.A) . , OLUMIDE FAMILUSI
  47. 47. My Africa , Emmanuel Odum
  48. 48. Show Me My Africa! , Siyabonga A Nxumalo
  49. 49. Africa , Herbert Nehrlich
  50. 50. Africa I , Desmond Tagoe
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