Phillis Wheatley Analysis

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Shifts in my Map of Literary History Prior to this class I was unaware of just how few historical female writers I had been exposed to. When I thought of authoresses, I though immediately of Jane Austen, Virginia Wolfe, Mary Shelley, and Mary Wollstonecraft without giving much regard to any others. I knew there had to be more out there, but they had rarely been brought up in classes and literary conversation. The readings in this class have exposed me to several writers I had never heard of, a few of those we studied, I knew by name but had never read their works. The two writers I chose to expound on are Phillis Wheatley and Dorothy Parker. Phillis Wheatley is one of the writers that I had never been exposed to prior to this course. I had heard of African slaves that had published their work later in life, but even in comparison to them Wheatley took me off guard. Her biographical data alone is…show more content…
In retrospect, it is rather disappointing that I hadn’t. Her dry humor and the spot on commentary of her works are very enjoyable. Parker doesn’t flower up her language like many female authors, we have read this semester, for the most part choosing to use blunt statements rather than elegant verse. Her works read as an observation of the everyday reality in which she lived. In News Item, Parker makes a keen statement on dating with “Men seldom make passes /At girls who wear glasses” (Parker, News Item). She sardonically touches on the topic of dating and expressions of love in One Perfect Rose with the verse “I knew the language of the floweret; /”My fragile leaves,” it said, “his heart enclose.” /Love long has taken for his amulet /One perfect rose. /Why is it no one ever sent me yet /One perfect limousine, do you suppose? /Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get /One perfect rose” (Parker, One Perfect
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