Before the Birth of One of Her Children Questions and Answers
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Why does Bradstreet rhyme "harm" and "arms" in lines 19-20 in "Before the Birth of One of Her Children"? Pronouns in line 23-24 are "thou, thyself, me, these"; what does bradstreet gain from those four words in that order?

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Anne Bradstreet was one of the foremost female authors during the 17th century.  Her account of being captured by Native Americans was hugely popular in Britain (though it was published without her consent).  She also wrote many poems, most intensely personal.  This poem, about a young woman who fears dying in childbirth, is about...

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