Anne Bradstreet 's My Dear And Loving Husband Essays

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Anne Bradstreet
Anne Bradstreet was born in Northamptonshire, England, in 1612. She married Simon Bradstreet, and they immigrated to America with the Winthrop Puritan Group which settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts. There Anne raised eight children and also became one of the first poets to write English verse in the American colonies. Anne’s brother-in-law obtained her poems, without her knowledge, and published them in 1650 under the title The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America. It was the only collection of Anne’s poetry to appear during her lifetime. Bradstreet was strongly influenced by French poet Guillaume du Bartas. She has won critical acceptance in the twentieth century for her later poetry (Academy, no p). Anne Bradstreet’s poetry consists of a variety of topics, the most significant being the theme of love; she conveys this theme through an anguished, passionate, and enduring tone.
In Bradstreet’s poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” she proclaims their love to be so strong that it is as two hearts being one: “If ever two were one, then surely we” (1). Anne loves her husband more than any man has ever been loved by a woman. She is more elated with him than any other woman could be with her man. Gold and other riches mean less to her than the love of her husband: “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold” (5). No one or nothing can stop the love she feels for her man. Their love, she prays, is never ending. Bradstreet wrote this poem…

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