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Today I am going to describe how Edward Taylor’s “Huswifery” and Anne Bradstreet “To My Dear and Loving Husband” address the same topic. I am also going to explain why Edward Taylors “Huswifery” has a more traditionally Puritanical message. They both are so similar, but have so many differences at the same time. That is flaw that wasn’t thought about the creation of these puritan stories. Bradstreet’s later poems, such as “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” are more personal, expressing her feelings about the joys and difficulties of everyday Puritan life. In one she wrote about her thoughts before giving birth. In another, she wrote about the death of a grandchild. Bradstreet’s poetry reflects the Puritan’s knowledge of the stories and language of the Bible, as well as their concern for the relationship between earthly and heavenly life. Her work also exhibits some of the characteristics of the French and English poetry of her day. Edward Taylor is now generally regarded as the best of the North American colonial poets. Yet because he thought of his poetry as a form of personal worship, he allowed only two stanzas to be published during his lifetime. Most of Taylor’s poetry, including “Huswifery,” uses extravagant comparisons, intellectual wit, and subtle argument to explore religious faith and affection. The poems by Taylor and Bradstreet are both expressions of devotion, but they are very different in the way they address the beloved. Taylor use apostrophe (a figure of speech in which a speaker directly addresses a person who is dead or not physically present, a personified object, or non-human thing, or an abstract quality or idea). For example line 1: Make me, O Lord, Thy spinning wheel complete. By contrast, the title of Bradstreet’s poem indicates that the speaker is addressing her husband, but the poem contains no apostrophe. As you read, look for ways in which each poem reflects a distinct relationship between the speaker and his or her...
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