Show how Anne Bradstreet exemplifies the commonplace that ambitious writers have to learn to concentrate on subjects and themes best suited to their own knowledge and understanding.
Bradstreet pays much attention to formal poetic devices. Are her meters, stanzas, and rhymes appropriate to her subject matter and varied enough to be pleasing?
Bradstreet writes rather frequently about what she has produced: her children and her poems. Discuss the metaphors she uses to characterize both.
Do you agree that Bradstreet’s “The Prologue” is a heavily ironic poem, or did she really fear that her work would not pass muster with able readers? Explain your answer carefully.
Bradstreet is adept at turning the hardships of life into poetry. Cite some examples. What techniques does she employ in this endeavor?
How does Bradstreet demonstrate her awareness of European Renaissance poetry?