Anne Bradstreet: The Spokeswoman of Her Time
Anne Bradstreet was a poet who wrote about subjects that shows people what it was like to be a woman with a family during the 1600s. She wrote about what is like to be a wife, a mother, a grandmother and losing loved ones. She captured her audience’s attention by utilizing literary elements such as imagery and metaphors. With her use of literary elements and relatable topics, Anne Bradstreet has single handedly become the voice of the American woman in the 17th century; even though she referred to her poetic works as homespun cloth.
In Anne’s poem, “A Letter to her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment” Anne used metaphors to display how much she missed her husband. In her poem she wrote, “I like the earth this season, mourn in black, My Sun is gone so far in’s Zodiack, Whom whilst I ’joy’d, nor storms, nor frosts I felt, His warmth such frigid colds did cause to melt.” (Bradstreet 1)To show how much her husband’s presence meant to her, Bradstreet compared him to the sun. Her use of imagery and metaphors shows the audience that when her husband is around, her days are bright and cheery, but when he isn’t around, she feels a sense of darkness and loneliness. This poem showcases how much having their entire family together at once meant to the women of her time. It also shows how much she valued being a wife to her husband and how invested she was in their relationship.
Aside from writing about being a wife, Anne frequently wrote about being a mother and how much her children meant to her. In her poem, “To My Dear Children” Anne talked about how she hoped that her children would turn to God for strength when she passed away because of the messages that were present in the poem she wrote. In the she wrote, “But some new Troubles I have had since the world has been filled with Blasphemy, and Sectaries, and some who have been accounted sincere