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A Study Guide for Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband"

A Study Guide for Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband"

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A Study Guide for Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband"

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Aug 19, 2016
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9781535841306
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A Study Guide for Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Poetry for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Poetry for Students for all of your research needs.
Lançado em:
Aug 19, 2016
ISBN:
9781535841306
Formato:
Livro

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To My Dear and Loving Husband

Anne Bradstreet

1678

Introduction

To My Dear and Loving Husband was written between 1641 and 1643 by Anne Bradstreet, America’s first published poet. This poem offers modern readers insights into Puritan attitudes toward love, marriage, and God. In the poem, Bradstreet proclaims her great love for her husband and his for her. She values their love more than any earthly riches, and she hopes that their physical union on earth signifies the continuation of their spiritual union in heaven. In this poem, Bradstreet views earthly love as a sign of spiritual salvation. This poem presents a central question in Puritan thought: how do one’s earthly and immortal lives connect?

This poem was first published in 1678, six years after Bradstreet’s death, in an edition of her poems entitled Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, Full of Delight. During Bradstreet’s lifetime, there were almost no women writers, because education was rarely wasted on daughters. Over half of the women in colonial America were illiterate. Bradstreet was very privileged, she but also courageous and dedicated to her art. Despite her culture’s biases, Brad-street wrote poetry that was widely acclaimed and remains relevant today for its emotional honesty and

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