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My Dear and Loving Husband

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Transcript of My Dear and Loving Husband

To my Dear and Loving Husband
by Anne Bradstreet
Robert Atkinson
Raven Washington
AP Literature Pd. 5 Question? What figurative language is used in this poem?
When the speaker says rivers cannot quench her love, to what is she comparing her love? Paraphrase If two people equal one that is us
If a man is ever loved by his wife that is me
If a wife was ever happy in a man
I am that woman
I'll take our love over all of the money in the world
Or I'll take our love over being rich
My love is so strong nothing can stop it
Nothing in the world can compensate my love
My love is so strong on one else can give it to you
The heavens will reunite us I pray
While we live lets continue to love each other
Once we die we will be together eternally Connotation The figurative language of the poem is vividly explaining the authors love for her husband.

In Lines 1-5
If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold Attitude If ever two were one, then surely we
If ever man loved by wife, then thee

The poet is expressing her love and compassion for her husband. The attitude shows her compatibility between the speaker and her husband. Shifts In Lines 7-8,
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.

The speaker takes a turn from wealth to nature,
and describes her love for husband in more elaborate terms.
They are prefect and their love is powerful.
In Lines 9-10
Thy love is such I can no way repay.
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.

The speaker now shifts gears and starts to talk
about her husband's love for her. Title Title Whats up with the title? Theme "To My Dear and Loving Husband" the theme was unconditional, unstoppable, and undying love.

The speaker spends the entire time on the poem coming up with different ways to describe her love for her husband, which is so strong that not even a river can "quench it," she claims. The title is very neat, "dear" is referring to the speaker feelings about her husband. The word "loving" on the other hand, refers to her husband himself. The title points to both the speaker and husband feelings. It briefly claims that their both deeply in love. To My Dear and Loving Husband If ever two were one, then surely we.
If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;
If ever wife was happy in a man,
Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.
Then while we live, in love let's so persevere
That when we live no more, we may live ever. Author Anne Bradstreet was born in Northampton, England, in the year 1612.Anne Bradstreet was especially fond of poetry, she wrote for herself, her family, and close circle of educated friends, and did not intend on publication. One of her closest friends, Anne Hutchinson, who was also a religious and educated woman had made the mistake of airing her views publicly, and was banished from her community. Anne Bradstreet's poetry was mostly based on her life experience, and her love for her husband and family. One of the most interesting aspects of her work is the context.Despite the fact that she clearly valued knowledge and intellect, and was a free thinker, who could even be considered an early feminist.
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