Presentation on theme: "Puritan Plain Style, Poet Bio & “To My Dear and Loving Husband”"— Presentation transcript:
1 Puritan Plain Style, Poet Bio & “To My Dear and Loving Husband” Anne BradstreetPuritan Plain Style, Poet Bio&“To My Dear and Loving Husband”
2 Puritan Plain Style Characterized by Short words Direct statements References to everyday objects & experiencesUses inversionSentence elements out of their normal positionEX: “let’s so persevere in love” “in love let’s so persevere”
3 Anne Bradstreet: Bio 1630 she came from England to Boston Grew up in a Puritan householdMarried Simon 16 – He is the focus of most of her writingFather (Thomas Dudley) and husband both became governor of MA1st published book in AmericaOne of the 1st volumes of poetry by a woman1st volume of poetry =long poems on subjects such as medicine, history, and the qualities of fire2nd volume showcases Puritan Plain Style2nd volume of poetry contains shorter poems in a simpler style about children, family, & homeLater poems are more intimate and express her deep attachment to family and a sense of lossPoems express the Puritan belief that one must not get too attached to the things of the worldTypical Puritan wife, quick to acknowledge the superiority of men
4 “To My Dear and Loving Husband” If ever two were one, then surely we.If ever man were loved by wife, then thee;If ever wife was happy in a man,Compare with me ye women if you can.I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,Or all the riches that the East doth hold.My love is such that rivers cannot quench,Nor ought but love from thee give recompense.Thy love is such I can no way repay;10 The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray.Then while we live, in love let's so persever,That when we live no more we may live ever.
5 “To My Dear and Loving Husband” Most likely from her 2nd volume of poetry because it is shorter, written more simply, and addresses family (specifically her husband)Lines 5-6 create an image of wealth (mines of gold & riches of the East)Bradstreet contrasts this material wealth with spiritual wealth (the love of her husband and God)Last 2 lines = Puritan belief that successful marriages (faithfulness) are rewarded in the afterlife