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Landscape of the Heart:
An Anthology of Infamous Love and God

“Hearts will never be practical until they are made unbreakable.” –Wizard of Oz

Table of Contents

Introduction

To my Dear and Loving Husband
Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) is one of the most important figures in the history of American Literature and was born in Northampton, England.

Annabel Lee
Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) was an American author, poet, editor and literary critic, considered part of the American Romantic Movement and was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Letters
John Adams (1735-1862) and Abigail Adams (1744-1818) exchanged over 1,100 letters, beginning during their courtship in 1762 and continuing throughout John’s political career and were born in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Give all to Love
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century and was born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Great God
Isaac Watts (1674-1748) was an English hymnwriter, theologian and logician born in Southampton, England.

From my Years Young in Days of Youth
William Bradford (1590-1657) was born in Yorkshire, England.

Meditation 8
Edward Taylor (1642-1729) was a colonial poet, pastor and physician from Leicestershire, England.

“I wish you would ever write me a letter half as long as I write you, and tell me, if you may, where your fleet are gone; what sort of defense Virginia can make against our common enemy; whether it is so situated as to make an able defense. Are not the gentry lords, and the common people vassals? Are they not like the uncivilized vassals Britain represents us to be? I hope their riflemen, who have shown themselves very savage and even blood-thirsty, are not a specimen of the generality of the people. I am willing to allow the colony great merit for having produced a Washington—but they have been shamefully duped by a Dunmore.” Abigail Adams wrote some of the famous letters known to date to her husband, John Adams. The letters provided a certain security for their marriage. John Adams traveled all around the world for his work, so the only way Abigail could keep in touch with him was by letters. John and Abigail would write to each other all the time, and that’s why the letters are incredibly famous. In this piece that I brought up, Abigail explains how she gets annoyed at the fact that John doesn’t write her the same length in the letters as she does. She then later explains in the letter how she believes he doesn’t want to visit her. “Do not you want to see Boston? I am fearful of the small-pox, or I should have been in before this time.” Abigail then suffered from smallpox, a deadly disease. Abigail was only 20 years of age when she married John. The intimacy of their courtship remained throughout their marriage, as did their letters. Unfortunately, Abigail died of typhoid fever on October 28, 1818 at the age of 73. Her last words were, “Do not grieve, my friend, my dearest friend. I am ready to go. And John, it will not be long.” Abigail and John’s letters were so powerful, that till this day people are still talking about them. They brought their own certain love story to the letters, and that’s what made them so special. They had a very strong love life, which you don’t see too often anymore.

The next poem that I am going to be discussing is one of my all time favorites. Annabel Lee by Edgar Allen Poe is such a powerful poem that talks about this woman named Annabel Lee. The speaker is infatuated with this person and it has such a beautiful story line and meaning to the poem. The first time I heard this poem was in a movie called, Holes. Right before this woman is about to die in the movie, she recites the poem. “I was a child and she was a child, in this kingdom by the sea; but we loved with a love that was more than...
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