Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral by WHEATLEY, Phillis



Phillis Wheatley was the first African-American to publish a book of poetry in 1773. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at age seven, and bought by a wealthy Massachusetts family who taught her to read and write. Her extraordinary literary gifts led to the publication of her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, and to her eventual emancipation by her owners. Although some of the poems demonstrate an apparent acceptance of the racist values of the white slave-owning classes (which viewed Africans as savage), Wheatleys considerable talents simultaneously contradicted these stereotypes. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)


  • Poems 34-38

    Poems 34-38

    15/09/2016 Duration: 10min
  • Poems 23-33

    Poems 23-33

    15/09/2016 Duration: 34min
  • Poems 15-22

    Poems 15-22

    15/09/2016 Duration: 17min
  • Poems 11-14

    Poems 11-14

    15/09/2016 Duration: 25min
  • Poems 1-10

    Poems 1-10

    15/09/2016 Duration: 20min
  • Preface/To the Reader

    Preface/To the Reader

    15/09/2016 Duration: 04min