Themes in Swing Low Sweet Chariot

Themes Examples in Swing Low Sweet Chariot:

Text of the Poem

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"Swing low sweet chariot..."   (Text of the Poem)

"Swing Low Sweet Chariot" is an example of a "spiritual," part of an oral/musical cultural tradition associated with African Americans during and after the period of slavery in the United States. These songs often feature ideas of deliverance after death or a return to one's spiritual home. This song references both of these ideas, conflating them into a single idea of a spiritual home in heaven.

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