An analysis of 3 works of Anne Bradstreet

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Anne Bradstreet was a gifted poet. She was ahead of time with her knowledge,

understanding, ideas and especially her writing abilities. She was extremely talented in

using literary techniques to convey messages through her works. This is especially true in

three of her poems, "To My Dear and Loving Husband," "Upon the Burning of Our

House," and "In Reference to Her Children, 23 June 1659."

Through her poem, "To My Dear and Loving Husband," the reader is clearly able

to understand the strong love Bradstreet has for her husband. She shows her devotion to

him in a smooth manner through imagery. An example of this is presented in lines 5-7.

She writes, "I prize my love more than whole mines of gold or all the riches that the East

doth hold. My love is such that rivers cannot quench..." In other words, she is saying that

the love she has for her husband means more to her than anything else the world has to

offer. In line 12 she writes, "Then when we live no more, we may live ever." She is

speaking of an eternal love that will continue between them well after they pass away.

She chooses certain words and entwines them in such a way as to not only touch the heart

of her husband, but the hearts of the readers as well. She does a magnificent job

conveying her feelings in this poem. It is shown how pure and true the love she feels is, a

love that many of us only dream about.

In Bradstreet's poem, "Upon the Burning of Our House," she shows the tragedy

of having a fire devastate her home. Her fear of the fire is expressed in lines 5 and 6

where she writes, "I awakened with thund'ring noise and...