Anne Bradstreet’s Poetic Message of Hope

Hope in the face of death seems to be an impossible concept to adequately convey to a reader. After all, death itself seems to be the epitome of hopelessness and despair. However, Anne Bradstreet conveys in her poetry this very idea. Bradstreet lived in a Puritan community in America where people lived very hard lives … Read moreAnne Bradstreet’s Poetic Message of Hope

An Analysis of Bradstreet’s “A Letter to Her Husband, absent upon Publick Employment”

Anne Bradstreet is one of the most prominent literary figures of the colonial era of American history, and she is often cited as one of the primary sources of Puritan literature. Some of her work carried undertones of pre-First-Wave feminism because she subtly alluded to certain gender inequities, at least for those who can read … Read moreAn Analysis of Bradstreet’s “A Letter to Her Husband, absent upon Publick Employment”

Bradstreet Among the Moderns: Comparing Visions of Love

In ‘A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment’ by Anne Bradstreet and ‘Love Poem’ by John Frederick Nims, there are three possible ideas that could be gleaned from the texts. Such ideas could be the power of love overcoming faults and distance, marriage, and thoughts of death. Within Bradstreet’s poem, there is an … Read moreBradstreet Among the Moderns: Comparing Visions of Love

A Puritan’s Response to Loss: An analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s “Upon the Burning of Our House”

As a Puritan, Anne Bradstreet strove to live her life according to Calvinist doctrine while still having to cope with the struggles of her human condition (Mooney). When Bradstreet’s house burned down, she was struck with the reality of life’s hardships and presented with an opportunity to do one of two things. If she were … Read moreA Puritan’s Response to Loss: An analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s “Upon the Burning of Our House”

Anne Bradstreet and Struggles to Conform

Anne Dudley Bradstreet was America’s first published poet. Cotton Mather described her as: “a gentlewoman whose extraction and estate were considerable.” She was an intelligent, well-educated poet, wife, and mother, who contradicted almost all of the stereotypes about stiff, cold Puritans. She used her talents to promote women’s rights, to describe life as a Puritan … Read moreAnne Bradstreet and Struggles to Conform

The Divine Sun in American Poetry: Wheatley’s “Thoughts on the Works of Providence” and Bradstreet’s “Contemplations”

In her 1773 poem, Thoughts on the Works of Providence¸ Phillis Wheatley considers God’s power through the solar system of the Sun and Earth’s rotational relationship. Almost a hundred years prior to Wheatley’s neoclassical poetic style, Anne Bradstreet would examine the Sun, and its relationship to God and humanity on Earth with equal scrutiny through … Read moreThe Divine Sun in American Poetry: Wheatley’s “Thoughts on the Works of Providence” and Bradstreet’s “Contemplations”

Marriage in My Last Duchess and To My Dear and Loving Husband

Marriage is a complementing union between a man and a woman. Marriage requires affection and dedication to one another. In Robert Browning’s My Last Duchess, the Duke of Ferrara is very dominant and expresses jealousy from his wife in his marriage which leads him to murder his wife. Robert Browning was influenced by his father … Read moreMarriage in My Last Duchess and To My Dear and Loving Husband

The Materialist Views of Spiritual Settlers

Early America was settled and inhabited by a religious group known as Puritans who left their native land of Britain for a fresh start in a new country. A man named John Winthrop, a prominent Puritan and governor delivered a sermon that expressed the ideals of a perfect Christian community in a new country. His … Read moreThe Materialist Views of Spiritual Settlers

The Posture of Humility in Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Prologue’

In keeping with tradition, Anne Bradstreet like several other Renaissance writers, introduces her work The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America (1650), through a prologue. Not only does it serve the purpose of acquainting the reader with the subject of the quaternions (set of four interrelated poems) but also allows the poet to “address … Read moreThe Posture of Humility in Anne Bradstreet’s ‘Prologue’