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"Twas Not Long Since I Left My Native Shore": Phillis Wheatley's Celestial Cartography

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Online/Virtual Space

Feb 17 2022
"Twas Not Long Since I Left My Native Shore": Phillis Wheatley's Celestial Cartography

Against the enduring mystery of Phillis Wheatley’s African origin, this talk will address how the poet established bearings in a world far from her natal landscape. A Christian convert whose poems celebrate a spiritual journey from darkness to light, from perdition to salvation, she nevertheless found ways to evoke the Middle Passage and to build a testimony against the slave trade that set her on what she dutifully represents as a redemptive path. The poems develop a cartography that unites

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