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Analysis and comments on On Being Brought from Africa to America by Phillis Wheatley

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Comment 19 of 88, added on August 4th, 2011 at 10:19 AM.

Wheatley begins by crediting her slavery as a positive, because it has
brought her to Christianity. While her Christian faith was surely genuine,
it was also a "safe" subject for a slave poet. Expressing gratitude for her
enslavement may be unexpected to most readers.

The word "benighted" is an interesting one: it means "overtaken by night or
darkness" or "being in a state of moral or intellectual darkness." Thus,
she makes her skin color and her original state of ignorance of Christian
redemption parallel situations.

"mercy brought me" and the title "on being brought" is playing the
violence of the kidnapping of a child and the voyage on a slave ship

credits "mercy" with her voyage -- but also with her education in
Christianity. Both were actually at the hands of human beings.

In the second-to-last line, the word "Christian" is placed ambiguously. She
may either be addressing her last sentence to Christians -- or she may be
including Christians in those who "may be refined" and find salvation.

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Poet: Phillis Wheatley
Poem: On Being Brought from Africa to America
Added: May 25 2005
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