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Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral

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This collection of poems by Phillis Wheatley is a beautiful and moving exploration of various subjects, both religious and moral. Wheatley's words are poignant and powerful, touching on themes of faith, love, justice, and the human experience. Her mastery of language and imagery is evident throughout the collection, drawing the reader in with each carefully crafted verse.

What sets Wheatley's poetry apart is her unique perspective as a formerly enslaved woman, who was able to rise above her circumstances to become a celebrated poet. Her perspective adds depth and complexity to her writing, providing a rich and insightful look into the world as she saw it.

Overall, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral is a remarkable collection of poetry that showcases Wheatley's talent and resilience. It is a must-read for anyone looking to explore the works of an influential and groundbreaking poet from American history.

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Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American to publish a book of poetry in 1773. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at age seven, and bought by a wealthy Massachusetts family who taught her to read and write. Her extraordinary literary gifts led to the publication of her "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," and to her eventual emancipation by her owners. Although some of the poems demonstrate an apparent acceptance of the racist values of the white slave-owning classes (which viewed Africans as savage), Wheatley's considerable talents simultaneously contradicted these stereotypes.

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