“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
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but I quite enjoyed it and found that it gave a lot more to the poems than I could understand without reading very much other history or without a thorough sense of her context. Having just read Kindred, I think reading Wheatley just raised a lot of questions about what her circumstances must have been like and what the daily, lived experience would or could have been for her and how she truly felt, and her sense of identity (which is the theme for this class--identity (American)).
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