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To My Dear and Loving Husband
Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet was the first poet and the first female writer in the British North American colonies to be published. Her first volume of poetry was The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, published in 1650. She was born March 20, 1612 in Northampton, Massachusetts and died September 16, 1672 in Andover. She was married to Simon Bradstreet. When they married, she was 16 and he was 25. Mrs. Bradstreet’s works are also considered to represent the struggles of a puritan wife against the hardships of New England colonial life. (www.anne bradstreet.com) Anne Bradstreet and her parents emigrated to America in 1630 on a ship called the Arabella, one of the first ships to transport Puritans to New England. Many were unable to withstand the harsh climate and poor living conditions of the trip and died before they reached their destination. While on the ship, Anne Bradtsreet, who tutored in literature, several languages, and in history, was not prepared for the hectic journey and found the journey very vigorous. Many of those who had survived the trip, either died shortly after or returned to England because they believed they have been through enough despair. Life was very difficult, trying to create a new colony, survive on a harsh climate, and with very little provisions. Mrs. Bradstreet did not let this bother her, she had let her imagination and her faith push her through her difficult moments. When she was younger, Bradstreet had fallen ill to smallpox, and now in her refurbished life she had come to be sick again and had let paralysis flow through her joints. She did not let this ruin her family life. She had fought through her illness and had built a new life for her, her husband, and her eight children. She loved her family and her faith very much. Her poetry was mostly written while her husband was away on errands. She also spent a huge portion of her time teaching and reading to her children just as her father had done with her. Mrs. Bradstreet was very dedicated to writing her poetry. Even though women could not put their future into anything intellectual and writing poetry was frowned upon in her community. She wrote for herself, her family, and her closest friends and did not want her works put in public. (ww.annebradstreet.com/anne-bradstreet-bio-001.htm) Her best friend, Anne Hutchinson, published her views to the public and was banished from her community. Bradstreet’s poetry did not go unnoticed. Her works became very popular inside her community. Everyone loved her poetry, but soon enough, Mrs. Bradstreet had fallen ill and she had died in 1672 at the age of 60.

Literary Works:
Anne Bradstreet wrote numerous poems about her family and her friends. This is a list of her works: •Prologue
The Author to her Book
Before the Birth of her Children
In reference to her children
To My Dear and Loving Husband
To her Father with some verses
By night when others soundly slept
The flesh and the spirit
Verses upon the burning of our house
The vanity of all worldly things
Another
Another II
Upon fit of sickness
Upon some distemper of Body
In honor of that High Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth
Epitaphs

Motivation:

Anne Bradstreet has loved her husband since the day they had first met. She had written “To My Dear and Loving Husband” in honor of her husband. This poem expresses her feelings for their relationship and explains how nothing will change the power if their love, even death cannot part their hearts.

Literary Devices:
To My Dear and Loving Husband is written in iambic pentameter. This means that the poem can be divided into five different groups or “feet” that each contain an iamb. An iamb is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed one. Line 4: Com-pare with me ye wo-men if you can has all five iambs in a row. In line 10, the iambs are in the first, third, fourth, and fifth feet. But the...
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