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Upon the Burning of Our House

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Emily Doherty

on 2 October 2012

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Transcript of Upon the Burning of Our House

Upon the Burning of Our House Anne Bradstreet Puritanism Anne Bradstreet Upon the Burning of Our House Theme Spiritual values are more important than material possessions. First poet and first female writer in the British north american colonies to be published Her poetry was generally ignored until "rediscovered" by feminists in the 20th century. Born in Northhampton, England in 1612 It was very distinct and orderly, used scriptures and analogies, and used allusions of the bible. They thought God's creation was logical and harmonious. Attempts to portray a true representation of life during this time. It was very realistic, they attempted to write exactly as they lived. Characteristics Strenuous and serious. It was very somber. They did not want to show worldliness. At age 16 she married Simon Bradstreet, a 25 year old assistant in the Massachusetts Bay Company and was the son of a Puritan Minister. Anne moved to America with her family in 1630 on the Arabella Wrote : “To My Dear and Loving Husband”, “A Letter To Her Husband”, “The Prologue”, “The Author To Her Book” "Anne Bradstreet." Anne Bradstreet. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://www.annebradstreet.com/>.

"Puritanism in American Literature." Puritanism in American Literature. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://faculty.cbhs.org/skelly/puritans.htm>.

"Upon the Burning of Our House." Upon the Burning of Our House. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2012. <http://www.puritansermons.com/poetry/anne13.htm>. Bibliography Anne Bradstreet’s poem “Upon the Burning of our House” was more than just a lament for goods and memories lost in a house burning. It is a testimony to her Puritan conviction that God chooses the course of human destiny, and that a better fate awaits her in the afterlife. Bradstreet demonstrates a tremendous amount of faith. She wills her thoughts to rise up “above the sky/ That dunghill mists away may fly.” It takes an awful lot of faith to refer to your own worldly existence as “dunghill mists;” she was certain that something better is coming her way. Instead of lamenting the loss of her home, she “blest his grace that gave and took,” knowing that since everything really belongs to God, “‘twas just” that he take it back in his own good time. Towards the end of the poem, Bradstreet reminds herself that she must not “fix [her] hope on mouldering dust,” seeing as how God “hast a house on high erect” all set up for her, confirming her faith that she is one of the elect, one of the few chosen for salvation. While some may mourn the loss of their earthly “pelf,” Bradstreet is certain that her “hope and Treasure lies above.”
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