Comparison Of Puritan Writings

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Puritans and their Different Writings During the 18th century the Puritans were large on expressing themselves through their writings. The writings are, by their “laws” supposed to be centered around God, though some writers and poets are slightly rebellious. Jonathan Edwards was a minister at the time and a substantial influence over the Puritans, Edwards is the author of the sermon Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. Anne Bradstreet is known as the “first notable american poet”, She wrote the poems To My Dear and Loving Husband and Upon the Burning of our House. Even though Edwards and Bradstreet are writers in the same time period and they followed the same religion they are still very different from each other in their writing. Edwards …show more content…
They both believe in God and that he is the highest. Though they still disagree on some aspects, for Bradstreet, she is more about being forgiven and repentance. In one work Bradstreet mentions that “Then when we live no more, we may live ever”(pg 116, line 12), which basically means once you give your life to God, you live forever in heaven. She also believes that God is enough to full ones emptiness and that he is all one needs, In Upon the Burning of our House Bradstreet states “yet by His gift is made thine own; there’s wealth enough, i need no more” (pg 119, line 50-51) , this roughly translates that no money or human item is equivalent to God's love. In Edwards writings his religious views are slightly different but do have the same basis. On page 126, line 50 Edwards adds “the God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider”, in his view God is very angry and is disgusted with man and views us as serpent-like, flawed creatures. In his works he constantly goes on about how upset God is. Edwards proclaims “it is everlasting wrath” (pg 128, line 75), Edwards says. Though they are of the same religion, they still have a diversity of viewpoints that affect their …show more content…
They both put their personality into their writings. Anne Bradstreet is more calm and collected in her works. In her poem about the burning house Bradstreet writes “my pleasant things in ashes lie” (pg 119, line 27), this is a very traumatic thing but as she is writing she shows that she is not upset because God fills the void. On page 116, line 5 Bradstreet also expresses “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold”, meaning that although she just lost everything she still turns to God and relies on him to help her through. On the other hand, Jonathan Edwards is very intense in his works, he is descriptive and straightforward. Page 124, line 9-10 declares that “many of those who are now in the flames of hell” and he continuously describes how awful hell is. Edwards literally says in his sermon that if one isn’t reborn that they will burn in hell. He describes the struggle of a sinful man, it claims that “fire pent up in their own hearts is struggling to break out” (pg 126, line 34-35) and he tells how awful life will be without God with just his words, which makes the writing so much more

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