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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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,344 Points Earnest Gatuma (11/2/2016 1:46:00 PM)

    wonderfully created work, so proficient....Thank you for sharing (Report) Reply

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  • 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

  • Gold Star - 88,110 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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Poems About Imagination

  1. 1. On Imagination , Phillis Wheatley
  2. 2. Pure Imagination , Roald Dahl
  3. 3. A Fact, And An Imagination, Or, Canute A.. , William Wordsworth
  4. 4. To Imagination , Emily Jane Brontë
  5. 5. Mr. Cogito And The Imagination , Zbigniew Herbert
  6. 6. Imagination , John Davidson
  7. 7. My Imagination , Theo Williams
  8. 8. Imagination , Robert William Service
  9. 9. A Figment Of My Imagination , Heather Burns
  10. 10. The Pleasures Of Imagination , Mark Akenside
  11. 11. Imagination. , Bernard Shaw
  12. 12. In My Imagination , Linda Ori
  13. 13. Modern Love Xxxviii: Give To Imagination , George Meredith
  14. 14. Book Thirteenth [imagination And Taste, .. , William Wordsworth
  15. 15. Book Twelfth [imagination And Taste, How.. , William Wordsworth
  16. 16. Pleasures Of Imagination, The , Mark Akenside
  17. 17. A Figment Of My Imagination? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  18. 18. Imagination -Haiku , 2bpositive 2bpositive
  19. 19. The Princess Of Imagination , Uriah Hamilton
  20. 20. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The S.. , Mark Akenside
  21. 21. Death Of Imagination... In Memory Of... , Michelle Melody
  22. 22. Love..Imagination Or Not? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  23. 23. ****my Imagination Of A Purple Sky**** , Premila Patel
  24. 24. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The F.. , Mark Akenside
  25. 25. Imagination Or Not? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  26. 26. Love And Imagination , Mewlana Jalaluddin Rumi
  27. 27. Imagination , Valerie Dohren
  28. 28. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The F.. , Mark Akenside
  29. 29. 2010/07/23 Imagination , Margaret Alice
  30. 30. The Pleasures Of Imagination: Book The T.. , Mark Akenside
  31. 31. Invention, Imagination! ! ! , malini kadir
  32. 32. Let Me Be Your Source Of Imagination , malini kadir
  33. 33. Imagination , Gaz illionaire
  34. 34. The Wings Of Imagination , 2bpositive 2bpositive
  35. 35. Ride The Imagination Train , sylvia spencer
  36. 36. Figment Of Imagination , Michael Carlson
  37. 37. A Dreamer's Wild Imagination , Gil Gregorio
  38. 38. Positive Imagination , sekharan pookkat
  39. 39. Imagination , Kimberley Myles
  40. 40. Little Dill Pickles.... [food; Nature; I.. , Bri Edwards
  41. 41. Inventive Imagination , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  42. 42. Sounds Of Imagination , Dejan Stojanovic
  43. 43. With Imagination Leap , gershon hepner
  44. 44. Y/. Beyond Beyond Imagination , Aufie Zophy
  45. 45. Imagination , Alicia Meyers
  46. 46. Imagination Haiku , Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel ..
  47. 47. Phantasy And Imagination By (Ted Hughes) , Susan Alldred Lugton
  48. 48. The Laws Of Motion (An Imagination) , ramesh rai
  49. 49. Overtures Of Imagination , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  50. 50. Strands Of Imagination , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
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