Bradstreet's family, fate and faith

Topics: Family, Puritan, Love Pages: 3 (1027 words) Published: February 26, 2014
                                                     Bradstreet’s Family, Fate and Faith        Anne Bradstreet’s poetry depicts the role of a traditional woman and her family in 17th century, while adhering her fate and faith as a puritan everywhere in the poems. A mother’s love to her family is above any races and any religions. Like most ordinary people do, Bradstreet loved her family, her children and husband, expressed her love and care in many of her poems, such as "In Reference to Her Children", "In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Anne Bradstreet", and "Here follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House". Children often paly the most important part in a family. In the poem “In Reference to Her Children”, she wrote, “I nursed them up with pain and care/Nor cost, nor labor did I spare”, which tells us that Bradstreet as a mother raised up her children “with pain and care” (line 3-5). She continued describe her worries and cares about those eight children, “My cares are more and fears than ever/My throbs such now as ‘fore were never” (line 59-60). She cannot protect them forever, but will worry about them “till [her] weak lays’ with [her] shall end” (line 68). Bradstreet elaborated such great love to those children who had all successfully survived till their adulthoods. We can find out what was she thinking about her died grandchild in the poem “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Anne Bradstreet”, “Farewell dear child, thou ne’er shall come to me” (line 15). She’d rather die for her grandchild. The poet showed people the greatness of love as an ordinary grandmother. Besides family members, house is considering part of family, too. In “Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House”, fire burned her house to ashes. Luo 2 Bradstreet felt painful from losing her house. She wrote, “And to my God my heart did cry/To...
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