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To the University of Cambridge, in New England Summary & Analysis
by Phillis Wheatley

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"To the University of Cambridge, in New England" is an early poem by Phillis Wheatley, the first Black woman to publish English-language poetry. Her first (and only) collection, Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was printed in 1773. In this poem, Wheatley, who was only around 14 years old when she wrote the first draft, implores a group of new Harvard students to be good Christians—and never to forget the magnitude of Jesus's sacrifice for humankind. The poem is a kind of imagined sermon or commencement address, in which Wheatley demonstrates her authority and her precocious understanding of poetry.

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