On Being Brought From Africa To America

'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.

by Phillis Wheatley Click to read full poem

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Great Poem. The rhetorical device at play here is amazing, subtle but powerful in emphasis on how slavers disguised as European missionaries dominated the black continent to save them " Once I redemption neither sought nor knew." then she also shines some light on how racial hate and Christianity coalesce > . I could go on and on but nobody ain't got time for that. I relate to this so deeply.
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Yes I think she was being sarcastic, as blacks were considered demonic, savage, and unrefined based on the Judaeo-Christian misinterpretation of the Bible. Cursed Children of Ham... Yes in Senegambia there was academia, culture and literacy. the region is Muslim and there were Quranic schools. Teacher from both Guinea and Mali t(Timbuktu) taught in these area even till today.
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nice! great poem phillis, you will always be remembered for your sweet poems!
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Can feel the acrid sense of lost hope.....a nyc feel
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On being brought from Africa should be read as ironic.
how the did she not find a publisher? ? ? ? ? these poems are good!
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Nice poem
Either there is and note of irony in this or she's trying to find the silver lining in a pretty messed-up cloud: ONCE I REDEMPTION NEITHER SOUGHT NOR KNEW.
Such a great poem by Phillis Wheatley👍👍👍
My Pagan Land! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
She composed it with a smile of gratitude, but with some bitterness in her tone...................thanks for sharing