3 April 2014
Bradstreet’s Poetry Versus Wheatley’s
Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley were two major women poets who wrote about the obstacles they had to overcome in their lives. Some obstacles these women had to overcome were being able to produce and publish acceptable work as well as gender and racial difficulties. Anne Bradstreet was the first published poet in the New World and Phillis Wheatley was an African slave. Both of these women wrote brilliant poetry that is still read today. Bradstreet talks about topics such as her relationship with her husband and children and her struggles with religion. In her poem “A Letter to Her Husband, Absent upon Public Employment,” her husband was gone and coming back soon, but whenever she looked at her children, she was reminded of him. She wished he was there with her because he is like the sun, full of warmth and kindness, and her life revolved around him; without him she would be nothing. In her poem “Before the Birth of One of Her Children,” she believed that she was going to die during childbirth, but she wasn’t the only one, because many women back then had the same fear. Also, if she passed away, she was worried that her children were going to end up with a horrible stepmother, so she frequently asked God to protect her and her children. Although Bradstreet was a woman who expressed great amounts of faith, she was often left struggling when her feelings turned to resentment, confusion, and betrayal towards everyone around her. Often things went badly for her, and she doubted God because she thought he was punishing her for the wrong things she had done. Since she doubted God, she would pray and realize that everything happens for a reason. She wasn’t being punished; there was a lesson that needed to be learned, and when she struggled, she wouldn’t dwell on her sinfulness, she continued with living her life. On the other hand, Phillis Wheatley, who...
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