Early American Writers

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This essay is a comparison between puritan writers

Early American Writers

In the literature of early American writers there is one common trait among all the writings: religion. Among Anne Bradstreet and Jonathan Edwards all speak of their opinion of religion, god, heaven, and material things.

Anne Bradstreet was a puritan wife, originally from England but then moved to America. Upon moving and settling into her home, her poems became full of emotion and spoke about concerns from her heart. She was religious and believed that men had superiority over women.

A common concern in these religious writers was the unimportance of material things on Earth. In Bradstreet's Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666, her house was burned to the ground. Nevertheless, she did not shed to many tears because she knew that 'Thou hast an house on high erect,' meaning that her real home was in heaven.

She found comfort in god and her belief in her made her strong and able to move on in her life. When she starts thinking about all her possessions that she had lost she would 'Raise up thy thoughts above the sky . . . ' and remember these things do not matter, what matters is her 'house on high.'

Jonathan Edwards also found comfort in god, 'leading me to sweet contemplations of my great and glorious God.' Jonathan was also a puritan from the early America, however, he was a preacher.

Like Anne Bradstreet, he did not believe in material things. In his sermon entitle

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God, he states 'now they see that those things on which they

depended for peace and safety were nothing but thin air and empty shadows.' This statement agrees with what Bradstreet believed in, that...