Juan Francisco Manzano (), an urban slave who taught himself to read and write, and who ultimately achieved fame as a poet in Cuba’s colonial. , English, Spanish, Book, Illustrated edition: The autobiography of a slave / by Juan Francisco Manzano ; introduction and modernized Spanish version by. Juan Francisco Manzano was born in Havana, Cuba in He was born It was under the rule of slavery that most of his poetry was written. Poetry that.
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Juan Francisco Manzano was born enslaved. He spent his early life serving a cruel mistress, but managed jan develop his skills as an artist and poet despite frequent punishment.
My heart sickened through sufferings. Juan Francisco Manzano was born in Havana, Cuba in His younger years as a child were spent at the feet of his mistress where he developed his skills as a tailor and artist. Born to free parents Manzano lived a privileged life as a child. Here is where he developed his skill as an artist. Few privileges he was afforded at the whims of his mistress. Over the years he suffered from severe beating and punishments for the slightest infractions.
Often times he was sent to the overseer where he was punished again for the same incident. During these years francisxo taught himself to read, write and compose poetry.
Mistress Ameno would invite authors and poets into her home for evening entertainment.
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Manzano would memorize each verse and carefully transfer to paper during his time alone. It was under the rule of slavery that most of his poetry was written. Poetry that would later be instrumental to him acquiring his freedom with help from admirers of his work. Manzano became a favorite in the household for his skills as a tailor. He created elaborately designed pillows, clothings and linen.
He pushed to learn all he could for he knew that one these skills would help him as a free man. However once she died, his life change drastically. His new mistress was demanding to a fault. Manzano was often placed in the stocks and received regular beatings, from Overseers as well as from the constabulary for his perceived shortcomings.
However it was also the household that was often frequented by artists and writers. Due to their influence Manzano was prompted to teach himself to read, write and feancisco poetry. Thus despite the demeaning treatment and degradation he suffered, he was able to develop his creativity both as a poet and autobiigraphy visual artist.
There never passed a day without it bringing some trouble to me…the incredible hardships of my life, a life full of sorrows! I…we went to Havana, where I was appointed to the service of young Don Nicolas, who esteemed me not as a slave, but as a son, notwithstanding his youth.
As soon as day dawned, I used to get up, prepare his table, armchair and books. I, in fact, adapted myself so well to his customs, and manners that I began to give myself up to study. Autobkography his book of rhetoric I learned by heart a lesson every day, which I used to jkan like a parrot, without knowing the meaning. But being tired of that, I determined to do something more useful: But here was the difficulty: So, I bought ink, pens, and penknife, and some very fine paper; then taking some of the bits of written paper thrown away by my master, I put a piece of them between one of my thin sheets, and traced the characters underneath, in order to accustom my hand to make letters.
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When my master was told how I employed my evenings, he surprised me one day with all my writing apparatus. But it was in vain manzajo I was forbidden to write.
For when everybody went to bed, I used juaj light a piece of candle and discreetly copy verses of poems, thinking that if I could imitate these, I would become…a poet. A poet who could capture in verse the cruelty of slavery.
When I think of the course I have run From my childhood itself to this day, I tremble, and fain would I shun The remembrance its terrors would array. I marvel at struggles endured With a destiny frightful as mine.
Juan Francisco Manzano wrote the majority of his poetry while he was still enslaved. His poems depict the incredible hardships and degradation he endured along with his amazing capacity for hope.
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Excerpt There never passed a day without it bringing some trouble to me…the incredible hardships of my life, a life full of sorrows!
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