Anne Bradstreet can be considered as one of the first American feminists. Do you agree with this statement? Discuss how she combines Puritan and feminist sensibilities in her poetry.

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As a devout Puritan, Anne Bradstreet believed that she had an individual and direct connection to God, just like any other individual. She would not have believed that she was lesser in God's eyes than any other man or woman; in that sense, then, she believed in the equality of the sexes. In her poem "Deliverance from a Fit of Fainting," we see this belief in her personal importance to God, regardless of her sex. She recognizes her own weakness as a human being (it is not linked to her sex), and she interprets a faint as being like a small death. However, she believes that God "revive[d]" her "feeble spirit" and "as dead mad'st [her] alive" so that she could go on to live a while longer and glorify God. She praises God for restoring her to life, for ministering to her directly, as though confirming her importance. Bradstreet's work acknowledges her human weakness—not female weakness—as well as her own importance and connection to God (which would have been the most important...

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