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Click to edit Master subtitle style 2/8/11 Phillis Wheatley, selected poems Early American Literature Professor Iannini October 6, 2010
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2/8/11 Place of Enslaved Africans within Evangelical Revivals : Evangelists longed to convert everyone, regardless of his or her race or lowly status in this world. Precisely because Indians and enslaved Africans remained unchurched and were perceived by many whites as the most hardened of sinners, their Conversion especially appealed to evangelicals as a sure sign of God’s miraculous grace. Evangelical meetings appealed to Indians and enslaved Africans because preachers like Whitefield made Christianity more accessible and meaningful to the illiterate and exploited by emphasizing feeling rather than learning
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2/8/11 Neo-Classical Couplets
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2/8/11 ASSONANCE & OFF- RHYME
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2/8/11 ANAPHORA
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Unformatted text preview: 1770” ± Through her elegy to Whitefield, Wheatley assumes his voice to establish her own authority as a poet ± Even more dramatically she begins to “preach” in public ± The message of her “sermon” concerns the equality of Africans and Americans in the eyes of an “Impartial Saviour” 2/8/11 2/8/11 2/8/11 “ On Being Brought from Africa to America”: One Reading ± Strategic omission: audience would have automatically linked her presence in America to the middle passage ± Argues, in effect, that the slave trade is part of God’s providential plan ± This backs her white reader into a corner: can’t challenge the truth of her claim without also questioning God’s sovereignty ± But not just tactical? Also a sincere desire to make sense of her traumatic experience? 2/8/11...
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