Anne Bradstreet Questions and Answers

Anne Bradstreet

I am not so sure that Bradstreet wrote this poem in order to "say something." It seems as though she is simply trying to come to grips with what feels like a great tragedy—the death of a very...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2017 9:17 pm UTC

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Anne Bradstreet's poem "The Author to Her Book," serves as an extended metaphor in which she compares and author and her book to a mother and her child. The book is described as the author's...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 3:20 pm UTC

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Anne Bradstreet, a well-educated woman for her time, was the first poet in the American colonies to have a volume of poetry The Tenth Muse published. Her work portrays the struggles that a...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2012 11:42 pm UTC

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Bradstreet begins "To My Dear and Loving Husband," which in another format, is essentially a love letter to her husband with a rhetorical or literary device: If ever two were one, then surely we...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2012 12:45 am UTC

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John Woodbridge understood that the duties of a Puritan woman in the seventeenth century were to keep the house, care for the children, defer to her husband and the authority of men in general, and...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2018 10:19 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 4:29 am UTC

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"The Prologue" is often considered Anne Bradstreet's personal statement about her role as a female poet in a male-dominated Puritan society, and even though the tone of the poem is at times...

Latest answer posted December 25, 2011 2:08 am UTC

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Anne Bradstreet writes a love poem to her dear husband. The poem's tone is endearing, emotional, and passionate. She writes of her love and claims that he and she are one. Bradstreet is happy in...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2011 3:16 am UTC

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The key to interpreting this poem is its context. Anne Bradstreet is writing within an extremely pious, Puritan context: as the poem continues, she describes how she is able to come to terms with...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018 9:57 am UTC

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There are many poetic elements in Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husand" for example, the first three lines use repetition and parallel structures to achieve the effect of internal rhyme. In...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2009 7:06 am UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2019 7:53 pm UTC

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Yes, I believe Anne Bradstreet's words when writes of losing her house to fire in the poem about the burning of 'our house.' As a strict Puritan she would have been used to the idea of not putting...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2010 5:07 am UTC

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In the first half of this poem, before the speaker turns her mind to the consoling idea that her heavenly home is more important than her earthly one, she takes some time to dwell on what has been...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2018 8:25 am UTC

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We can pick out a lot of symbolism in this short poem. Bradstreet's key theme is women's work and how it should not be seen as a "war" waged against the preeminence of men for her to do something...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2019 6:40 pm UTC

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The turning point in this poem by Anne Bradstreet comes in the moment when the speaker realizes that "all's vanity" in the realm of earthly things. In the preceding lines, the speaker has been...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 10:58 am UTC

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Anne Bradstreet's poetry is characterized by its technical poetic prowess. That is, Bradstreet's poems do not merely employ one or two poetic devices, but many. Every element of her poetry—from...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2019 12:05 pm UTC

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I am obnoxious to each carping tongue Who says my hand a needle better fits. This is perhaps the best illustration from this poem by Anne Bradstreet of her rejection of the idea that she, as a...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 11:12 pm UTC

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Alliteration in Anne Bradstreet’s poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” (circa 1633) works in a double capacity. The first is in its use as a literary device, the examples of which are many, such as...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 8:17 am UTC

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"Loving" is certainly the most appropriate word to describe the relationship between the speaker and her husband. The speaker is trying to infer that her marriage is wonderful and special. There is...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 7:48 pm UTC

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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...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 6:42 am UTC

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Anne Bradstreet

In "Verses upon the Burning of our House, July 10, 1666," Bradstreet describes the feelings she experiences when her house burns down. She mourns the loss of her beautiful home and, looking at the...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2019 2:23 pm UTC

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Anne Bradstreet addresses this occurrence in the poem "The Author To Her Book." In the poem, she directly addresses her writings, rather than her brother in law, using metaphor to imagine them as...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2018 6:23 am UTC

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This poem is autobiographical, based on the fire that engulfed the poet's house in flames. The dominant attitude of the speaker is one of acceptance. She believes that she will be compensated in...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2019 4:50 pm UTC

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The first woman, and the first poet to be published in North America, Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) was an educated, worldly female living in a time and place in which the role of women in society...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2014 2:20 am UTC

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This question is perplexing! Unless you consider the entire poem to be an expression of verbal irony (hardly Bradstreet's style), its content and employment of various poetic elements create a...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2011 3:32 pm UTC

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Although Anne Bradstreet did find a source of inspiration and technique from William Shakespeare, as a Puritan most diligent in her faith, Bradstreet's greatest inspiration came from her religion....

Latest answer posted February 17, 2011 4:54 am UTC

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Irony, when defined, implies that something is not as was expected. This is true of the poem “The Author to Her Book.” No one expects the extended metaphor comparison of the newly published book...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2013 9:43 pm UTC

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Both a meditative and a lyric poet, Anne Bradstreet lived a challenging life in Colonial America as a Puritan woman of fragile health, and as a mother of eight children. Hardships were certainly...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 7:46 pm UTC

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William Bradford's Of Plymouth Plantation is a journal, with few literary pretensions. Anne Bradstreet's "Contemplations" is a long poem of thirty-three stanzas in a slightly modified version of...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2020 7:00 pm UTC

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In poetry, a couplet is two sequential lines in which the last words rhyme. A heroic couplet combines with the end rhyme a specific rhythm: iambic pentameter. An iamb is a unit or foot of one...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 4:50 am UTC

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The tone usually refers to the feeling that comes through in the poem, or the mood that the poem elicits in its readers. For this poem, there is a tone of happiness, contentment, and even a bit of...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2009 2:59 am UTC

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Anne Bradstreet as a poet had a tendency to memorialize family events and the burning of her home is one that she recorded in 1666. In a lyrical poem, Bradstreet describes the experience of...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2011 3:18 pm UTC

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I think what is most incredible about her accomplishments is not only the fact that she was a female writer that was published at that time, but also that she was a female in Puritan society and...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2008 11:10 pm UTC

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Anne Bradstreet never intended for her poetry to be made public, and "The Author to Her Book" talks about that very issue. The speaker metaphorically speaks of her book as her child, and she notes...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2013 11:54 pm UTC

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To understand Bradstreet's short poem "An Apology," we need to know that Bradstreet, probably beginning sometime in the 1630's, had been working on one of her longest and most ambitious poems, The...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2013 5:05 pm UTC

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The New England Puritans of the seventeenth century were notoriously strict in their beliefs. Few of them, however, were theologians, and these beliefs, though they dominated society, were...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2020 11:52 pm UTC

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If we assume that the poem is autobiographical, as most people tend to do when reading Anne Bradstreet, her tone initially seems somewhat embarrassed. She feels her work to be the "ill-formed...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2017 11:24 pm UTC

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The form of this poem is twenty-four lines written as rhyming couplets following the rhythm of iambic pentameter. This rhythm was used to give the impression of the beating heart of the child....

Latest answer posted January 29, 2013 9:20 pm UTC

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A rhetorical situation is defined as the intersection between three elements: an exigence (issue, challenge, or conflict), an audience (who can be persuaded and inspired to bring about change), and...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 9:01 pm UTC

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As a devout Puritan, Anne Bradstreet believed that she had an individual and direct connection to God, just like any other individual. She would not have believed that she was lesser in God's eyes...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2019 6:10 pm UTC

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There are several forms of isolation from which erly American poet Anne Bradstreet may have suffered, but throughout her poetry, one stands out from the rest. Obviously, the shocking experience of...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2010 9:26 pm UTC

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In the poem "Verses Upon the Burning of Our House, July 10th, 1666" by Anne Bradstreet, the poet ponders the burning of her earthly, physical house, yet finds strength in knowing she will have an...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2018 3:42 pm UTC

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I don't think that Bradstreet necessarily implies that man will "glide along happily" in life (catastrophe or not). In Stanza 29 of her poem she mentions that man might never find cessation from...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2010 2:53 am UTC

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The writing and publication of The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America was a remarkable feat from any number of perspectives. First, there is the speed of cultural and economic progress in the...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2019 1:58 pm UTC

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Puritan women's roles were similar to the roles of all women in the colonial period: they were the housekeepers and mothers who cared for the physical and medical needs of the family remained in...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2010 7:39 am UTC

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Anne Bradstreet, one of the primary poets of the Puritan era, is being rather ironic in this poem. Notice that Bradstreet's content rejects the idea that men are "superior" to women (indeed, there...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2018 7:27 pm UTC

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In accord with a previous post, the most important approach is that of following a criterion. Specifically, with Anne Bradstreet who is mentioned in your tag, you may wish to put your primary...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2009 3:34 am UTC

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The first poetic element (I’m more used to the term “poetic device”) appears in the repetition of the phrase “If ever..., then...” in the first three lines and, in a different form, in the final...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2009 1:58 pm UTC

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The poem can be difficult to read because of the language and poetry devices, such as poetic inversion (the unusual order of the words in the lines). It's a good poem, though, and still very...

Latest answer posted April 1, 2009 2:39 pm UTC

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Scanning a line of poetry or an entire poem means that you are being asked to mark out the rhythm and meter of the poem. Any line of poetry is going to have words that contain stressed and/or...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2016 4:12 am UTC

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