Anne Bradstreet moves between domestic and theological concerns within a single poem, often using definite visual imagery for the domestic aspects and then moving off into abstract, spiritual matters.
"To My Dear and Loving Husband" initially seems to be a conventional love poem, as the speaker suggests that their union is complete that they are as one. She recounts her connections to her husband with multiple superlatives images, such as “gold” and “riches.” She brings in “the heavens” as solely capable of repaying what she feels she owes him. At the end, the spiritual dimension is strongest as she encourages him to think of their love as having positive effects that may factor into their salvation: “That when we live no more we may live ever.”
"Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House" has the greatest amount of concrete imagery of the domestic. It revisits the speaker's fear upon waking to find their house in flames. During the fire, they cried out to God...
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