top-rated free essay

Anne Bradstreets "To My Dear Children"

By MccaddenSucks Oct 21, 2004 257 Words
By Lee A. Zito

Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear Children" is a poem, which she had written for her eight children. The first two lines reveal that the speaker is leaving a book, which is unread, to her children to read when she dies. After the speaker has died, then this book she has left will contain truths about the speaker, which in line four is revealed to be a mother. In line four it is also written that the book will specifically contain truths from their mother's mind. The speaker urges her children within line five to "Make use of what I leave in love".

The mother hopes that the children will read this book of her own thoughts. Finally in the last line the speaker states, "And God shall bless you from above." I interpreted this line to be almost a biblical reference because in the Bible it says, "Honor thy mother and father." By asking her children to make use of her book, the mother is asking for respect, for honor.

Mechanically, the poem contains a lot of alliteration, as well as assonance. This creates a smooth flow throughout the poem, as well as a smooth, soothing mood when read as if a mother was saying this to her children.

The symbolism of a book can refer to knowledge and information. The speaker obviously wanted her children to read this book and learn the truth about their mother. This truth might possibly be something that cannot be taught or told to them till their mother has passed away.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Anne Bradstreet "My Dear Loving Husband

    ...Anne Bradstreet is from a Puritanism religion. At that time people were so strict especially when it comes to religion. The society in which she was leaving in, wanted her to stop writing poetry because they believe that “a woman’s role is to take care of her husband and the household”. In addition to that her voice and her writing style ...

    Read More
  • Anne Bradstreet

    ...Heather Herring ENG 2130 13 February 2013 Puritan Women Roles and Anne Bradstreet’s Thoughts on These Roles The Puritans were a very religious group of people. They always worshipped God and followed their church duties. They also saw men as superior to women. Anne Bradstreet was a Puritan woman born in the 1600s. She was a brilliant wri...

    Read More
  • Anne Bradstreet

    ...sounds, Bradstreet had to do this. Being raised a Puritan, Bradstreet, had a strict belief system and with that came certain rules she had to follow, such as, putting God first, and not having any attachments to her secular belongings. That being said, “Whoever dies with the most toys wins.” would clearly be a phrase that she and other purit...

    Read More
  • Anne Bradstreet

    ...Anne Bradstreet: Poems Summary and Analysis of "The Flesh and the Spirit" Summary: The poet describes walking by the secret place on the banks of the Lacrim and overhearing a conversation between two sisters; one called "Flesh" and the other named "Spirit." Flesh asks her sister why she prefers to survive on meditation alone, and how quiet co...

    Read More
  • Anne Bradstreet 1

    ...In the three poems Anne Bradstreet writes in memory of her grandchildren−Elizabeth, Anne, and Simon−she expresses grief and sorrow and doubts the intention of God’s will. Her emotion evolves in each poem from quiet acceptance to thinly veiled sarcasm. This progression represents Bradstreet’s ongoing struggle to embrace the traditional Pu...

    Read More
  • Puritans Anne Bradstreet

    ...the Church of England was tolerant of practices of the Catholic Church. (Baym 58). Anne Bradstreet was apart of this migration to the New World. Anne Bradstreet‘s literature such as , To My Dear and Loving Husband, To My Dear Children, A Letter to her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment, focused on her observation of living in a Puritan soc...

    Read More
  • Anne Bradstreet - 2

    ...Anne Bradstreet was the only real American poet of her time, and a talented writer. As such, her works are historically significant. She was born in England, but traveled at the age of 16 to the Puritan settlements in the Massachusetts Bay colonies, in British America (Hart 94). This is where she developed her unique writing talent; she was ...

    Read More
  • Anne Bradstreet "The Flesh and the Spirit"

    ...Anne Bradstreet: "The Flesh and the Spirit" Anne Bradstreet Anne Bradstreet was born in 1612 in Northampton shire, England. Anne along with her husband and parents emigrated to America with a Puritan group. They settled in Massachusetts. She became one of the first poets to write English verse in the American colonies. However, the id...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.