In 1773, she was awarded her freedom and the Wheatley family sent her to England. There, in London, she published her one volume of poetry; she was only 20 years old at the time of publishing.
When she returned to America, during 1774, her brief life went on a downward spiral due to deaths within the Wheatley family, which left her with a void in her heart.
She later married John peters in 1778. Also, she lived in poverty, lost three of her children and eventually began working as a domestic in a Boston boarding house. In 1784, she unfortunately died due to her frail health.
Her poems included old, arrogant language and a rhyming scheme, which appeared as her chosen style of writing. “To S.M., A young African Painter, on seeing his works,” praises Scipio Moorhead for his artistic talents, and “On a death of a Young Gentleman,” contains the praise found in her elegies.
HBD Phillis Wheatley!