Rhetorical Analysis: Upon the Burning of Our House By Anne Bradstreet
1. Anne Bradstreet uses many poetic devices throughout her poem. Two important devices are end rhyme and anaphora. Anne Bradstreet's poem is about her house burning down. That incident in her was out of her control. She uses end rhyme throughout her poem to have a sense of control. She shows that because she could have used internal rhyme or no rhyme at all but using end rhyme ends every line the same which symbolizes control. Symbolically using end rhyme helps her gain back the feeling of no control in her life because of the fire. Another important poetic device used in the poem is anaphora. Anne Bradstreet's use of anaphora helps explain one tone in her poem, and he lets the reader know by saying,“ No pleasant tale shall e'er be told, Nor things be recounted done of old. No candle e'er shall shine in thee, Nor bridegroom's voice e'er heard shall be.” Throughout her use of this poetic device she lists opportunities she will never get to experience or witness because of the house burning down. Her poetic devices provide more detail for her poem. 2. Throughout Anne Bradstreet's poem her tone changes multiple times. Her tone changes from shocked to whiny and finally to accepting. She grows as a person throughout the poem as she realizes that God doesn't give you anything you can't handle. In the first three stanzas she is shocked to wake up and realize her house is burning down. She was in completely awe and called out for God: I, starting up, the light did spy, and to my God my heart did cry.” In the next three stanza's her whiny tone is shown as she names off items she has lost forever and opportunities that have been taken away from herself and her family. Finally, in the last three stanza's she tone changes to accepting because she accepts her house burning down. She scolds herself for whining about losing her possessions on earth. She realizes her real home is in...
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