Puritan Poetry (Anne Bradstreet)

Anne Bradstreet wrote
To My Dear and Loving Husband and Upon the Burning of Our House

The speaker claims at the beginning of “To My Dear and Loving Husband”
that her relationship is the best that there ever was

Comparison of two unlike things NOT using like or as

The last lines of “To My Dear and Loving Husband reveal the speaker’s . .


strong belief in eternal life and God

“mold’ring dust” from “Upon the Burning of Our House” shows . . .
the speaker’s belief that faith in God is more important than earthly possessions [material items]

Anne Bradstreet and Taylor use their poetry to express the view that . .


God does not desert people [strong faith that characterizes Puritans

What does the personification in lines 8-10 of “Upon the Burning of Our House” reveal about the speaker?
She prays to God in time of trouble

The “hope and treasure” that the speaker refers to at the end of “Upon the Burning of Our House” represent
eternal life and happiness from faith in God

archaic language is
old-fashioned / out of date languagesome examples are: thee, thou, art, ye, shalt . . .

The BIG Question for this section is
What do you value most?

________ was the first notable American poet
Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet’s poetry relied heavily on her faith and she most wrote about . .
her husband, eight children, and her house

No matter how trivial, all of Bradstreet’s poems . .


carry a divine message; everything that happened (good or bad / blessing or loss) happened for a reason [God’s will] and an opportunity for spiritual growth.

a figure or speech in which an animal, object, or idea is given human characteristics

inverted syntax
sentence structure in which the expected order of words is reversed

To create imagery and communicate ideas beyond the literal meaning of words, an author may use
figurative language

biblical allusion
reference to the Bible in a work of literature

rhyme scheme
A regular pattern of rhyming words in a poem

A pair of lines that end in rhyme