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Compare the poetry of Anne Bradstreet to Phillis Wheatley as to theme, tone, use of symbols/imagery and place in American literature with quotes.

Compare, using quotes, the poetry of Anne Bradstreet to Phillis Wheatley as it relates to their theme, tone, and use of symbols/imagery as well as their place in American literature.

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Much of Anne Bradstreet's work was written during the years when she was raising her many children, and so often she takes her family as her main subject, though we certainly see elements of her Puritan struggles with sin and frailty in the texts as well. The poems provide evidence of her own piety and desire to be and do good on earth as well as her profound romantic love for her husband.

In "Deliverance from a Fit of Fainting," for example, Bradstreet addresses her God and asks that he give her strength so that she may be worthy of praising him. She had, evidently, fainted and experienced it as a kind of death. She insists that God revived her "feeble spirit" and banished her doubts, restoring her to life, and she asserts that she now only lives to praise God.

In "To My Dear and Loving Husband ," Bradstreet declares that, "If ever two were one, then surely we. / If ever man were loved by wife, then thee." She uses metaphors to describe how much his love means to her—it is worth "more...

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