Anne Bradstreet-A Model Puritan Woman.

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Anne Bradstreet-A Model Puritan Woman

Anne Bradstreet's poetry epitomized the simplistic, rural, and God-centered way of life central to Puritanical beliefs. Part of these Puritan beliefs were the women's role in society. This role pertains not only to her relationship with her family, but also to the subservient part she must play to the male half of society. Her poetry was centered around the love for her God and family and a very sarcastic view on a woman's role in the Puritan society.

Anne Bradstreet incorporated the unconditional love for God and her upheld faith as the foundation of her poetry. She felt that without God she would not even have the words to put on paper. She held strong to her faith no matter what trials or tribulations life brought her way. In one of her meditations Bradstreet shows just that. "Corn, till it have past the mill and been ground to powder, is not fit for bread.

God so deals with his servants: he grinds them with grief and pain till they turn to dust, and then are they fit manchet for his mansion" (Bradstreet 150). Even when her house was engulfed in flames, Bradstreet never lost sight of God's love and mercy. "And when I could no longer look, I blest His name that gave and took" (Bradstreet 147). Bradstreet realized that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. She truly felt that the material things in her life were not really hers anyway, they belonged to God. "It was His own, it was not mine, Far be it that I should repine" (Bradstreet 147). Her poetry gives readers the notion that although she enjoyed her material things on earth, she also awaited the joys in heaven. She was upset about losing her...