What does the poet fondly recall in Lines Upon the Burning of our House?

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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 "piteous shrieks of dreadful voice."  However, she praises God as did Job when he said that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away.  She recalls fondly the places where she has often sat and lain.  A trunk and a chest that "lay store I counted best" are also things that she mourns no longer having.  Perhaps, the "store" that was in the chest were her book and papers and unpublished poems which were lost in the fire.  But, she does not reveal these treasured items.

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