HIS103 Writing Assignment 1

HIS103 Writing Assignment 1 - Poetic History Throughout...

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Poetic History Throughout most of history, poetry has always been a huge part if society. It is well stated in the textbook, when the authors say, “Poetry is one of the most ancient and universal of the arts.” (Nash, et. al.  138) They continue on to say, “For generations, American historians have drawn on poetry to recapture feelings, ideas, and group experiences.” (Nash, et. al.  138) Poets typical write with their emotions and feelings which are developed from their experiences. Oftentimes, one can read a poem of a specific time period and get a good sense of what life was like in that area of the world and specific time period in history. Phillis Wheatley was an African-American slave who became the first black poet in North America to publish her work. When a person reads some of the poems that Wheatley wrote, one can really see the struggles she endured during the turmoil prior to the American Revolutionary War. Two notable poems by Wheatley have strong historical reflections as she salutes King George III for repealing the Stamp Act. The poem instilled a sense of patriotism and the fight ahead towards freedom. In a later poem, she addresses the King’s minister for colonial affairs about the colonial desire for freedom from England and the hardships of slavery. Wheatley wrote these two poems in support of the colonies and contributed towards the development of patriotism. The colonists read Wheatley’s poetry and the emotion and feelings affected them. Historians can
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