Robert Southey

Among the multiple poems related to abolition and the slave trade, I found Southey’s The Sailor Who Served in the Slave Trade unique.  In other areas, poets speak of how the slave trade is shameful for Christians and spoke generally on how slaves were mistreated.  I think it was particularly important to consider what the sailors witnessed in regards to slaves.  It was a particularly long and dangerous journey, crossing the sea.  Southey’s poem puts the subject into a more down-to-earth light as well, taking the regular job of a regular person and just showing it.

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