African American Oral Tradition, the Poem of Freedom

AfricanAmerican Oral Tradition, the Poem of Freedom

AfricanAmerican Oral Tradition, the Poem of Freedom

Thesong by Wheatleya classic piece of literary work that covers the theme of AfricanAmericans’ freedom in a version that their states before and afterobtaining freedom are clear to the target audience it has dominatedthe field of literature since its release in 2011.

Impulsesin the Poem

Theauthor conveyed a myriad of impulses among the Black Americansfollowing their successful attainment of liberty in a land that theyonly accessed as a result of slavery. The use of words, which reflecthappiness and sadness interchangeably, coupled with the strikingversions with which expressions appeared in the work, helped tocreate a clear image of what it looked like before and after freedom.For instance, the first two lines of stanza one give a clearimpression of how jubilant the African Americans were with freedomfinally at their disposal they were smiling like the morn becauseopen democracy had arisen and it was time for the land to rejoice, nomore mourning.

StrikingPoem Area and Related Question

WhatI found striking in the poem was the regrets held by the Africansdespite gaining independence in America they still perceived andmissed Africa as the motherland as clarified in stanza 3 of the poem.That prompted me to ask one question, are the independent BlackAmericans Happy in this country? The poem may have affirmed that, butthe personal experience I had with the Blacks in the universityproved otherwise they always sit and operate in isolation, engagingmore with their fellow race than the Whites. A study by Uslaner(2012) demonstrated that racial discrimination is still persistent inthe country, leaving the African Americans with a strange feeling ofrejection as a citizen.

Tornbetween the two worlds of oppression and the quest for freedom, theAfrican Americans fought, and the delight that followed their triumphwas conspicuous for every reader who cared to know. Wheatley(2011) successfully built the poem around that struggle it is aclassic piece for individuals who appreciate literary works as toolsfor knowledge acquisition.


Uslaner,E. M. (2012).&nbspSegregationand mistrust: Diversity, isolation, and social cohesion.UK: Cambridge University Press.

Wheatley,P. (2011). To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth.&nbspTheCollected Works of Phillis Wheatley,73-75.