Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was born in 1753 as an enslaved person. She is one of the best-known and most important poets of pre-19th-century America. She was taken from West Africa when she was seven years old and transported to Boston. Her first published poem is considered ‘An Elegiac Poem, on the Death of that Celebrated Divine, and Eminent Servant of Jesus Christ, the Reverend and Learned George Whitefield …’ Read more about Phillis Wheatley.

A Hymn to the Evening

‘A Hymn to the Evening’ by Phillis Wheatley describes a speaker’s desire to take on the glow of evening so that she may show her love for God.

Biography of Phillis Wheatley

Phillis Wheatley was born in 1753 in West Africa. She is known today as the first published female African-American poet.

To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth

‘To the Right Honorable William, Earl of Dartmouth’ is a eulogy written by the African-American poet Phillis Wheatley. This poem glorifies the humanitarian Earl for his contribution to the abolitionist cause.