Anne Bradstreet

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Anne Bradstreet was born around 1612 to a Puritan family in England. Bradstreet was known as being one of the first published poets in America. Her first poem entitled “To My Dear and Loving Husband” was written between 1641-1643, but published 6 years after her death in 1678. It was rare for women in these times to become writers given that more than half were educated due to father’s often feeling that education should not be wasted on girls. However, her father Thomas Dudley held a high position as steward of the Earl of Lincoln, therefore receive the best education possible. This poem illustrated a Puritan’s expression regarding marriage, God, and love. She shares the love she has for her husband and his for her, how she values their love, …show more content…
We do not see a significant about of imagery at the beginning. She opens it up by stating that they are a couple in the first line. Bradstreet indicates with the usage of the words surely and we she speaks for the both of them. It seems fitting to use the word are at the end of line 1 instead of we, however, she ignores implementing are as if she is wanting to create a proper flow with line 2 or perhaps the line is clear enough without it in it. Line 2 “If ever man were loved by wife, then thee,” (Bradstreet, 2012, line 2) appears to confirm line 1. We can see that she wanted her point to be known that her marriage union was beyond just passion and synchronized with one and another. She also uses the word ever representing time or eternity. This is generally associated with the idea of a romantic notion of love. Ever can be related to eternity in this case referring to a powerful type of love they share compared to other loves throughout history. It appears Bradstreet also uses this same pattern in line 3 “If ever wife was happy in a man,” (Bradstreet, 2012, line 2) as she is able to link line 4 as well. In lines 3-4 “If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can,” (Bradstreet, 2012, line 2) her husband is addressed as thee and other women as ye women. These lines seem to keep to a pattern like lines 1-2 with its last words at the end of each line promoting a rhyming

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