British Abolitionism in Hannah More's "Slavery, A Poem"

Peggy Zawadil

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Seminar paper from the year 2012 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 2,0, University of Potsdam, language: English, abstract: In the following, the author wants to explore in what way the poem "Slavery, A Poem" by Hannah More serves abolitionist means.

A quote of Hannah More (1745 - 1833) in a letter to her sister states: “I grieve I did not set about it sooner; as it must now be done in such a hurry… but, good or bad, if it does not come out at the particular moment when the discussion comes on in Parliament, it will not be worth a straw.” (Feldman, 1997, p. 470) This statement is referring to her poem “Slavery, A Poem.” that she wrote in 1788. Reading this quotation one can act on the assumption that the poem and its time of publication served a specific purpose. Knowing that Hannah More was an active member of the British abolitionism and knowing that she wrote the poem for this very reason; we can come to the following study question: In what way is the typical British abolitionism represented in Hannah Mores poem?


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