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Colonial/ Puritan Literary movement

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Josh Rosenberger

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Colonial/ Puritan Literary Movement By: Josh Rosenberger, Hank Estep, Hunter Whitfield, and Obi Nwajiaku Historical Context Puritan writing and society were influenced greatly by religion.
Another important event that influenced the puritans was their migration from Europe to North America.
Their faith controlled most of their lives, they felt that it was their job to glorify god and set an example to other Christians, and thus had very strict religious and social rules that were harshly enforced. Values and Beliefs Puritan Values
Very Patriarchal (Men were the top of the hierarchy)
Valued God above all else, and worked to please him
Felt anything that didn’t pertain to praising God was evil
Puritan Beliefs
Believed they lived in the world but should not be of the world
strong belief in Satan
strong work ethic; they worked hard to glorify God
believed that the church should follow the Bible strictly
believed in Calvin’s predestination Genre and Style The main Genre of the Puritan literary movement was religious.
The main form of writing during this time period were either sermons or letters. There was some poetry during the time period, but very little.
Much of this came from the fact that Puritans were very religious and found anything that didn’t deal with their form of Christianity to be wrong. Puritan & Colonial Period Authors William Bradford Came over on the Mayflower in 1620 as a Separatist. Bradford became governor of the Plymouth colony in 1621, and wrote Plymouth Plantation. He wrote about the Separatists’ successes and conflicts in their journey to the New World.

Of Plymouth Plantation - discusses the journey of the Pilgrims to the Netherlands in 1608, and then to America on the Mayflower in 1620. The work tells what happens to each of the Pilgrims on the Mayflower. Anne Bradstreet Born in England in 1612
1630 - Migrated to the New World
She became overwhelmed by the sickness, lack of food, and primitive living conditions in the New World
She struggled to take care of eight children while living in America
Her writing was criticized because she was a women, and her ideas were often stolen and used by men
Her brother-in-law had to assure other Puritans that she was not passing up her daily duties as a Puritan woman. (housework, taking care of children)
The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America - a book of poetry written by Bradstreet in 1650; her only work ever published during her lifetime John Smith English soldier and explorer
When Jamestown experienced food shortages, Smith’s relationship with Pocahontas helped the settlers receive help from the Indians
Smith encouraged settlers take responsibility and work; he assigned different responsibilities to settlers
His leadership and survival in the Virginia wilderness makes him one the first American authors to discuss the themes of industry, self-creation, and practicality
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles - one of the first books documenting the history of the territory administered by the Virginia Company, published in 1624 Highlighted Passage To My Dear and Loving Husband- Anne Bradstreet 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 Work Cited http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=5101 http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/poets/anne_bradstreet/photo http://www.web-books.com/Classics/ON/B1/B1583/07MB1583.html http://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/amlit/purdef.htm http://www.itsuckstobejoe.com/Jdn/writing/purtain.html THE END http://www.uncp.edu/home/canada/work/allam/16071783/lit/smith.htm
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