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What is the tone of "To My Dear and Loving Husband" written by Anne Bradstreet?

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mikaeliclark | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM via web

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What is the tone of "To My Dear and Loving Husband" written by Anne Bradstreet?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted September 10, 2011 at 3:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Anne Bradstreet writes a love poem to her dear husband. The poem's tone is endearing, emotional, and passionate. She writes of her love and claims that he and she are one. Bradstreet is happy in the poem and the tone comes across as a happy tone. She is romantic in the poem. There is a romantic tone followed by passionate love for her husband:

Bradstreet’s love poems to her husband are admired for their wit, intricate construction, emotional force, and frank admission of the physical side of marriage: As she says in “To my Dear and Loving Husband,” “If ever two were one, then surely we./ If ever man were lov’d by wife, then thee.”

It is wonderful to read about Bradstreet's love for her husband. The love she describes is the love that many seek to find. To be one with one's mate is an endearing quality. Bradstreet has found a unique love and the poem conveys a tone that is endearing to the reader. Bradstreet's tone is affectionate. She has tender feelings of love for her husband. She is not embarrassed by her tender feelings. She is bold in her endearment and affection. Of course, she has such a love that she cannot keep it to herself. Bradstreet writes of a love that will go beyond this earth into a another life:

Then while we live, in love let’s so persever,

That when we live no more, we may live ever.

Truly, the tone is touching. It is romantic and affectionate. There is no love that is greater than the love Bradstreet has for her dear husband. The two are one.

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dancingblonde22 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted September 13, 2012 at 12:37 AM (Answer #3)

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Overall, the tone that this story gives is just happy and passionate. Those are two simple words that say a lot. They were a great couple and really cared about eachother - which says a lot considering the time-period. 

Most just married just to marry - because they were at that age. Or they needed support or family or something, but usually not because of true and honest love.

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