What would a response to Anne Bradstreet's poem look like?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that a response could take different forms to Bradstreet's poem.  The most direct course of writing would be to respond back in kind.  It becomes essential to make sure that a response in kind would almost "match" metaphor for metaphor to ensure that the same level of emotional commitment is met.  In this, the response is more of an affirmation of what Bradstreet has originally set out.  Essentially, the response is finding different ways in the natural world to express the subjective emotion of love.  Where Bradstreet's poem excels is how she is able to take personal emotions of devotion and love towards her husband and then match it up with the elements of the real world that makes this personal understanding clearer.  For example, when Bradstreet writes, "My love is such that rivers cannot quench," it makes it clear through an external comparison of her own personal feelings.  In doing so, Bradstreet takes a personal feeling and makes it recognizable through an external mode.  I think that this is where her work is so compelling and something in which there is much in way of sense being made from it.  A response would do the same, making external applications from the internal discussion of love. 


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