Sunday, September 15, 2013

Review of "To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth" by Phillis Wheatley

William Legge, 2nd Earl of Dartmouth.jpg"To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth" by Phillis Wheatley (1753 - 1784) was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on September 15, 2013.  Miss Wheatley, a slave who was allowed an education by her master, Boston merchant John Wheatley, was the first person of African descent to publish a collection of poetry in North America and also the third woman to do so.  The Second Earl of Dartmouth (pictured) was the Secretary of State for the American Colonies from 1772 - 1775 and a prominent abolitionist and philanthropist.

The poem was published in 1773 as a part of a collection entitled, Poems on Various Subjects.  Its heroic couplets are at once a diatribe against slavery and a tribute to a leader who would see it abolished.  For more information, see the following website:  http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/phillis-wheatley.

No comments:

Post a Comment

NO ANONYMOUS OR NEGATIVE COMMENTS, PLEASE. ONLY POSITIVE COMMENTS WITH ATTRIBUTION (YOUR NAME AND EMAIL ADDRESS) WILL BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION. OUR MODERATORS WILL SCREEN OUT ALL COMMENTS THAT DO NOT MEET THESE CRITERIA. ALL COMMENTS ARE SCREENED.

If you wish to provide suggestions, feedback, or constructive criticism to the Songs of Eretz staff, please send your thoughts to SWGordonMD@gmail.com. You may or may not receive a response, but your thoughts will be read.