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In Bradstreet's poem, one can find many examples of poetic elements. One such element lies in structure. There are 12 lines, and each line rhymes with its subsequent one, creating a form of six couplets. The rhyme scheme is A-A-B-B and so on in this manner until the end of the poem. The rhythm of the poem is also very consistent throughout the poem, almost being able to be clearly felt and identified through merely reading the poem aloud. In terms of imagery, Bradstreet uses comparative language to express the devotion of the speaker's love. This can be seen in line 5, when the speaker compares the felt love as one more valuable than a collection of gold. Similar sentiments can be seen throughout the poem, but in particular through lines 6 and 7.
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Anne Bradstreet's quatorzain [any poem of fourteen lines] "To My Dear and Loving Husband" is a moving and tender tribute to her affectionate husband.
Some of the important poetic devices used by her are:
1. Hyperbole, or exaggeration:
"I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold,
Or all the riches that the East doth hold.
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench."
Anne Bradstreet's heart is so overflowing with love for her husband that she exaggeratedly claims that she values the love of her husband more than all the gold mines or the wealth of the Orient. Similarly, she claims that she loves her husband so much that all the rivers of the world will not be able to put out the fiery and passionate love which she has for her husband.
2. The anaphora of the opening lines "if ever" foreground the happy union of her married life and how much she values and treasures this union.
3. Balanced Antithesis: In the following four lines
My love is such that Rivers cannot quench,
Nor ought but love from thee, give recompence.
Thy love is such I can no way repay,
The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.
Anne Bradstreet contrasts the passionate love which she has for her husband with the love which her husband has for her. Although she claims exaggeratedly that she loves her husband so passionately that all the rivers in the world cannot quench the fiery passion of her love for her husband, she remarks that his love for her is so great that she will never be able to repay it and prays that only God can repay his love for her.
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