In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet. Essay

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Manuel Rodríguez Fernández B1

In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet.

Anne, as the speaker of the poem, begins describing her feelings at that sad moment. She feels sorry for her grandchild because she thinks that God took her so soon. The repetition of the word “farewell” at the beginning of the first three verses emphasizes the tragic situation that she is living. However, the way how she comes to terms with death in this first part of the poem is really unusual for a Puritan person. She thinks that her grandchild should not have death as soon as she did, in some way she is saying that God did not let her grandchild leave and she complains about it in this first part of the poem. This attitude about death is quite
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As I said at the beginning of this paragraph, I think that with this change of theme, focusing on the pass of time in the nature in some way she refers to God, I mean, that she hasn´t totally left from her Puritan view. For that reason, it seems that one stanza is against the other one, like if in the first one she wrote what she really though at this sad moment, and in the second one she wrote an explanation for this. The figure of God in the poem is really different as it was used to be for Puritan writers. Anne describes God as unfair “person” responsible of the child’s death. Bradstreet does not include her grandchild in the cycle of nature that I have mentioned before, because she sees her death like a God’s injustice. The end of the poem describes her belief in God, she sees him like a supreme person that guides nature and destiny even when she thinks that he took Elizabeth unfairly. The author’s diction forces the reader to question her spiritual sincerity during the entire poem, sometimes it seems to return to her roots but she is not clear as she is in the beginning where she shows her

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