Essay My Dear And Loving Husband By Margaret Bradstreet

1381 Words Mar 9th, 2016 6 Pages
Reading and analyzing Anne Bradstreet’s poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” as well as Sharon Olds’s story “I Go Back to May, 1937” we can terminate that they are both genuinely different pieces of literature that will help understand one another. One deals with a happy marriage and the other one is a daughter talking about her parent’s unhappy marriage. In the poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” Bradstreet expresses the enormous love she has towards her husband Simon Bradstreet to whom she married at the young age of sixteen. “Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.” (Bradstreet 425) She describes how there is no possible way she could ever recompense the love and affection he shows her. On the other hand “I Go Back to May, 1937” Olds is known for writing intensely personal and emotional poems like this one in which she changes the story and reveals to us how she wished her parents would of never got engaged, married, and have never met to begin with. She believes it was a huge step something her parents were not really ready to make. Wishing she could go up to them and say “Stop, don’t do it- she’s the wrong women, he’s the wrong man, you are going to do things you cannot imagine you would ever do.” (Olds 441) But she wants to live and fears that if she could stop her parents from their marriage she would not be here to tell the story of how she wished her parents should have never met. She would lose her opportunity to be happier than her parents ever were.…

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