What are several poetic elements in Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband," and what are some examples of them?

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Bradstreet's poem is rich in poetic elements. Consisting of twelve lines, it is structured in six rhyming couplets. Some of the couplets feature perfect rhymes, such as we/thee in lines one and two and man/can in lines three and four.

Approximate rhymes are also present, as quench/recompense in lines seven and eight and persevere/ever in lines eleven and twelve.

The poem also employs hyperbole, as evident in this line: "My love is such that rivers cannot quench." Finally, the poem is written in iambic pentameter; each line consists of five feet, with each poetic foot adhering to the weak/strong pattern of rhythm.

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