Literary Analysis Of Anne Bradstreet's To My Dear And Loving Husband

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Author Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” is a poem strictly about the love between her and her husband. Anne Bradstreet was a Puritan during the 1600s. Puritans had a strict belief about marriage and, unlike other groups, they did not arrange a marriage between young people. They believed that marriages should consist of two people that truly love each other. Bradstreet did not let her age stop her, she got married at the age of 16. Anne Bradstreet wrote this poem directly to her husband to let him know her true feelings. For this paper I am going to focus on the voice, the theme, and the sound.
Voice is the way an author or a character in a book expresses his or her words or thoughts. In this poem, Bradstreet is talking
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Bradstreet wrote this poem to her husband, expressing her love for him and saying that there is no man in the world whose wife loves him more: If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can” (lines 3 and 4). In line 3 and 4, Bradstreet expresses her arrogant and conceitedness about her relationship, when she asked that if there is a wife who is happier with their husband then her, then those women should try to compare. Bradstreet is calling out the women because it is every woman’s dream of finding a great man that they can love and call their husband. She also said that her love is so tough that even rivers cannot quench her love and no love but this love can ever satisfy her. No matter what, she can never pay him back for his love. She believes their love is everlasting. She has convinced herself that her love is so strong that when they die their love for each other will still live on.
Iambic pentameter is a commonly used type of melodic line in traditional English poetry and verse drama. It is obvious that this is being used in Anne Bradstreet’s poem. She is also using a specific rhyme scheme of AABBCCDDEEFF. One can see this throughout the entire poem. Alliteration is used in the poem to create rhythm and rhyme such as, were/we, wife/was and live/love this is seen in lines 1, 3, 11. There is also repetition of the word “ever” throughout the poem to remind the reader that never has there been any love to compare the extent of the love that is between her and her soul

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