Phillis Wheatley

Poet Profile: Phillis Wheatley

 April is a very busy month with unique happenings and such! April is also National Poetry Month. I think it is very appropriate to post something about one of our nation’s first female published poets.

 

Phillis Wheatley grew up a slave but soon became treated like a member of the Wheatley household. It became evident that she was intelligent and had a great knack for learning and craved freedom.

She began writing poetry at twelve. She did write a poem praising King George III, but as time went on, she became involved in the American cause and wrote poetry praising General George Washington instead. The general made a point to meet her and looked forward to know someone “so favored by the muses.”  Her patriotic poetry proved to be great morale and became an advocate for freedom.

“God has implanted a Principle which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.”

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