Poetry and Slavery
An analysis of the poetry by African-American slaves, Phillis Wheatley and Lucy Terry.
The paper discusses the poetry of two slaves, Phillis Wheatley and Lucy Terry and shows how their works contribute to the voice of African Americans during the eighteenth and nineteenth century. The paper shows their strong belief in God, without whom they felt lost in the white society at the time.
“African American poetry retained its concern with the burning issues of the American Revolution, including liberty, independence, equality, and identity. It also expressed African American experiences of divided loyalties. Just as white Americans experienced divided loyalties in the republic’s early years unsure whether their identity derived from the new country or from their European past so too did African Americans, who looked always to their African past and to their problematic American present.”