What is an analysis of "To Her Father with Some Verses" by Anne Bradstreet?
[Here are some things to consider-- choice of metaphor: Are they natural or jarring, consistently used, or do they switch? Diction:How would you characterize the diction and word use? Are any words used in a double or punning way? Tone: How does Bradstreet deploy humility and modesty? Are these in some way dramatic, or do they indicate a real sense of inferiority? What concessions does she make to her audience about her gender? Mechanics:What is meter, rhyme scheme...]
It is significant that Anne Bradstreet was a devout Puritan. As such, she exhibited this religious influence in her poetry as she assumed an attitude of humility toward her father and because humility is expected of people who have been selected to be among the elect. In addition, the Puritans used writing to explore their inner and outer lives.
In the poem "To Her Father with Some Verses," Bradstreet employs the Shakespearean sonnet form of fourteen lines of iambic pentameter to acknowledge her place as a woman and daughter. As a Puritan woman who understands the superior role of men, Bradstreet praises her father in the first quatrain and is self-deprecating as she writes, "My stock's so small I know not how to pay." But, she promises that she will make every effort to repay her father for all he has given her:
Yet for part payment take this simple mite,Where nothing's to be had, kings loose their right.Such is my debt I may not say forgive,But as I can, I'll pay it while I live;
Yet paying is not paid until I die.