Anne Bradstreet “To My Dear and Loving Husband

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In this paper, I want to review and examine Anne Bradstreet's poem "To My Dear and Loving Husband.  This poem was written in 1641, but was not published until 1678 after her death. Because of this, many believe it was written as a personal note to her husband and was not meant to be publicized. In order to analyze this work, I feel it is important to know a few facts about her life. First of all, she was a Puritan, but often doubted and questioned the harsh Puritan concept of a judgmental God and the belief that women should be unspoken and obedient. Although she was born in England, she is considered to be one of the most well-known of early American poets at a time when little attention was given to women authors. At the age of sixteen, she married Simon Bradstreet, who played a key role in her literary career and was the focus in several of her poems.

In "To My Dear and Loving Husband , she expresses her love for her husband in an honest, straightforward, and passionate way. The reader of this poem can clearly see that she has deep feelings for him, but there are points in the poem where some of her Puritan beliefs are put to the test. For example, Puritans were normally unemotional and did not usual

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