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" Before the Birth of one of her Children"

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Transcript of " Before the Birth of one of her Children"

"Before the Birth of One of Her Children"
By: Angel Zavala, Biniam Woldegiorgis, Callan Parker, Samantha Perkins, and Zack Clark

Title: "Before the Birth of one of her Children"
What are your thoughts when first reading the title?
Anticipation
Preparation
Fear
Hoping/Praying
Background:
Anne Bradstreet
March 20, 1612- September 16, 1672
Born in Northampton, England
Later immigrated to the Americas with her Husband and family
Had 8 children
Self educated
Puritan
"Before the Birth of One of Her Children"

All things within this fading world hath end,
Adversity doth still our joyes attend;
No ties so strong, no friends so dear and sweet,
But with death’s parting blow is sure to meet.
The sentence past is most irrevocable,
A common thing, yet oh inevitable.
How soon, my Dear, death may my steps attend,
How soon’t may be thy Lot to lose thy friend,
We are both ignorant, yet love bids me
These farewell lines to recommend to thee,
That when that knot’s untied that made us one,
I may seem thine, who in effect am none.
And if I see not half my dayes that’s due,
What nature would, God grant to yours and you;
The many faults that well you know I have
Let be interr’d in my oblivious grave;
If any worth or virtue were in me,
Let that live freshly in thy memory
Look to my little babes, my dear remains.
And if thou love thyself, or loved’st me,
These o protect from step Dames injury.
And if chance to thine eyes shall bring this verse,
With some sad sighs honour my absent Herse;
And kiss this paper for thy loves dear sake,
And when thou feel’st no grief, as I no harms,
Yet love thy dead, who long lay in thine arms.
And when thy loss shall be repaid with gains
Who with salt tears this last Farewel did take.






Mood/ Tone of the Poem
Mood: Morose, Gloomy,
Melancholy, Somber, Sullen
Tone: Solemn, Heartfelt, Sincere,
Wistful
Line 1 & 2:
All things within this fading
world hath end,
Adversity doth still our joys attend;

Analysis
: Everything comes to an end, With difficulties there are joys and vice versa.

Line 3 & 4:
No ties so strong, no friends so dear and sweet,
But with death's parting blow is sure to meet.

Analysis:
Strong bonds in life are about to be broken by death.
THANK YOU!
Analysis of Poem
Analysis of Poem
Line 5 & 6:
The sentence past is most irrevocable, A common thing, yet oh, inevitable.

Analysis
: In line 5 this may be an allusion to the Bible, and how God punished Eve for sinning and made child birth painful and dangerous. Bradstreet is saying that death is unavoidable and it is going to happen.
Analysis of Poem
Lines 7 & 8
: How soon, my Dear, death may my steps attend, How soon't may thy lot to lose thy friend.

Analysis:
In lines 7 &8 Bradstreet is saying that death may soon be coming for her and that her husband, family, and friends may be losing her soon. (Maybe she is nearing her time to give birth).
Analysis of Poem
Line 9 & 10:
We both are ignorant, yet love bids me These farewell lines to recommend to thee,

Analysis:
They are both unaware of how fast death may come, yet she feels compelled to write her husband a farewell.

Line 11 & 12
: That's when that knot's untied that made us one, I may seem thine, who is effect am none.

Analysis:
The knot that Bradstreet is discussing is her marriage, so when she dies and her marriages dissolves , it'll be almost like she wasn't there and that is what she doesn't want.

Line 13 & 14:
And if I see not half my days that's due, What Nature would, God grant to yours and you;

Analysis
: If she should die early due to her Child birth, then God should grant all your hearts desires to our family and you.
Analysis of Poem
Line 15 & 16:
The many faults that well you know I have
Let be interred in my oblivious grave;

Analysis
: Let all her faults or wrong doings be buried in the grave or be forgotten in her death.

Line 17 & 18
: If any worth or virtue were in me, let that live freshly in thy memory

Analysis
: If there was any way she was a good person, remember those things about her.
Analysis of Poem
Line 19 & 20: And when thou feel'st no grief, as I no harms,
Yet love thy dead, who long lay in thy arms,

Analysis: When you get over my death and it not longer pains you, yet still remember me.

Line 21 & 22: And when ty loss shall be repaid with gains
Look to my little babes, my dear remains.

Analysis: And when you recover and are able to move on, look after my children ( her legacy).

Line 23 & 24: And if thou love thyself, or loved'st me, These O protect from stepdame's injury.

Analysis: And if you loved me or our children, protect them from an abusive or greedy stepmother.
Analysis of Poem
Line 25 & 26: And if Chance to thine eyes shall bring this verse,
With some sad sighs honor my absent hearse;

Analysis: If her husband reads this then she hopes that he will honor her last request.

Line 27 & 28: And kiss this paper for thy love's dear sake,
Who with salt tears this last farewell did take.

Analysis: And kiss this paper for her, with salt tears as they say their final goodbye.
Theme
The theme of Anne Bradstreet's " Before the Birth of One of Her Children" is that death is inevitable and that during this short time on Earth, it is important to make a good impression. By being a good person and leaving behind a legacy (her children), Bradstreet hopes they will continue to do the same.
Title: "Before the Birth of One of Her Children"
After reading the poem, and then going back to review the title, the reader is able to see that that title is not about the joyous time that pregnancy brings, but about the fear of actually giving birth and losing all that is dear to you. During the 17th century child bearing was the 2nd leading cause of death throughout the colonies. It was something that could quiet painful or even deadly for a woman. so as the reader looks at this from the 21st century point of view after reading and being reminded of the author of this piece it is easy to see that the poem would be about possible dangers of delivery.
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