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Anne Bradstreet: two poems

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Jen Greene

on 2 October 2014

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Transcript of Anne Bradstreet: two poems

A woman is awoken by the sound of her house on fire.
She begins to curse God's name because she doesn't want to be helpless.
The flame enveloped the whole house, taking everything with it and leaving nothing.
She realizes that she doesn't need the material things in her life when she has God and she begins to understand that while He can give her everything, He can also easily take it all away
She says there is a better place coming later made by God and she knows that there is wealth beyond imaginable that doesn't include material things.
A better home is yet to come and has already been purchased and payed for (an allusion to Jesus' death on the cross.)

"Upon the Burning of Our House"
"To My Dear and Loving Husband"
Anne Bradstreet
"Upon The Burning of our House"
"To my Dear and Loving Husband"

Anne Bradstreet
Author Summary
Born in 1612 to Thomas Dudley.
Family sailed in 1630 to Massachusetts with the Massachusetts Bay colony.
Married Simon Bradstreet (25) at age 16.
She was very well educated in history, Greek, Latin, French, and Hebrew as well as English.
Once in Boston, she joined the local church.
Often her writings seemed rather homesick as she often wrote of things on her mind rather than the world around her.
Much of her contemplations came from her husband's musings, as the community was completely controlled by higher-ranking men.
Simon moved the family often, always to more rural areas so he could gain more political power and land.
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A metaphor is a figure of speech that compares or equates two seemingly unlike things.

Example form poem: Metaphor

Anne Bradstreet used the metaphors to explain, convey, and reminisce about her feelings about her former home. She also uses it to describe her life there.

Works Cited

Jen Greene, Lauren Seidl, Megan Martin, Susan He, Kira Young
Anne Bradstreet (cont...)
Contributions to literature & history:

Anne Bradstreet was a feminist. She was one of the first female poets, breaking the ground so other females started to become poets too. She explained that "a woman can be wife, mother, Puritan, and poet without sacrificing any aspect of her life."(Young, WEB)

She is considered America's first female poet, if not poetess.

Anne was the first American poet to have her writings published. Her works were one of few to be published in England during the 1600s.
This selection is a poem in which the author expresses how much she loves her husband.
Bradstreet "prizes his love more than all of the gold on earth." (Bradstreet, Line 5)
She feels as though she can never pay back her husband for all the love he's given her.
She expresses hope that when he goes to heaven, they will repay him for his love.
(Historical perspective)
(culture perspective)
(Literary perspective)

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Bradstreet, Anne. "Upon the Burning of Our House." Glencoe Literature.
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Pamela Kester-Shelton. Detroit: St. James Press, 1996. Biography in Context. Web. 20 Sept. 2014.
Throughout the poem her tone changes from shocked to whiney to accepting. The change in tone reflects her feelings indirectly to the readers.
She uses imagery and repetition in the piece to pull the reader into her story.
“Then straight I ‘gin my heart to chide,/ And did they wealth on earth abide?/ Didst fix thy hope on mold’ring dust?/ The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?/ Raise up thy thoughts above the sky/ That dunghill mists away may fly./ Though hast a house on high erect,/ Framed by that mighty Architecht.”
Hyperbole: an exaggerated statement.
Example in text: Hyperbole
"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."
Anaphora, the repetition of a word or words at the beginning of two or more successive verses, clauses, or sentences.
The poem is written in couplets, with a lyrical rhyming scheme.
Example in text: Rhyming sheme
"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 that whole mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold."
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