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Through out the course of American literature many authors have used poetry as their means of expressing feelings and emotions Edgar Allan Poe and Phillis Wheatley wrote during two different centuries Wheatley during the eighteenth century and Poe during the nineteenth century They both used poetry as their form of expression Both authors were considered neoclassical poets Neoclassicism is considered a revival of classicism The dictionary definition for classicism is a set of aesthetic values developed through imitations of greek and roman art emphasis on reason sophisticated simplicity self restraint logical structure and imitation of standard models Heritage 162 I this essay I will analyze a variety of works from Phillis Wheatley and Edgar Allan Poe and discuss how their experiences were a like yet different in so many ways Phillis Wheatley was a black slave born in Africa and brought to Boston in 1761 She wrote poetry that introduced two traditions at once the Black American Literary tradition and the Black Womens Literary tradition Both of these events were unique in the history of literature during her time period In her poem On Being Brought from Africa to America Twas mercy brought to me from my Pagan land Taught my benighted soul to understand That theres a God that theres a Savior too Once I redemption neither sought nor knew Some view our sable race with scornful eye Their colour is a diabolic die Remember Christians Negroes black as Cain May be refined and join th angelic train Wheatley 1104 Phillis Wheatley expresses happiness in being brought from Africa to America While other people of her time period regretted that they were being taken form their homeland against their will Wheatley says that this experience makes her realize that there is a God and a Savior Wheatley 1104 Phillis Wheatley began writing in 1765 and published her first works when she was about fourteen years old in Newport Rhode Island Phillis Wheatley
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