The speaker seems to be speaking to a semi- private audience given the intimacy of the poem, and the way it speaks to the children. In this paper I will discuss how tone and imagery help the reader to understand the theme of this poem. Based on this, it's safe to assume the speaker is suggesting that she will only be satisfied if her husband loves her in return. Love can only be re-payed through love. The last two lines did actually rhyme during the time of Bradstreet. It assigns leadership roles to men and support roles to women, based on the interpretation of certain biblical passages. The poem itself portrays a loving wife, but the fact is she sounds like she is afraid to be alone, that her husband is the one who makes her complete, in another words, it makes her be a full person.
In addition to regular rhythms, each pair of lines rhymes. In silent night when rest I took, For sorrow near I did not look, I waken'd was with thund'ring noise And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice. Bradstreet's most highly regarded work, a sequence of religious poems entitled Contemplations, was not published until the middle of the nineteenth century. The poet wishes of the union to continue after death even though Christians then and now believe that earthly unions dissolve at death. Her love for him, too, can never be exhausted. Consider though, that the speaker here somewhat contradicts her previous line, by suggesting that actually, she cannot repay her husband for his incredible love for her, only God can.
This technique not only elevates the earthly love she has for her husband to that of a divine calling, but also expresses a deeper understanding of our duties on Earth as Christians and gives a fuller understanding of what God is calling us to do. Then while we live, in love let's so persevere, That when we live no more, we may live ever. Image: Anne Bradstreet, author unknown;. She lived in a harsh religious world where it was looked down upon for women to be courageous and smart. She was married off at a young age to Simon Bradstreet.
The words in these first three lines are grouped together so that they flow extremely well that it makes it easier to read and it flows nicely through the minds ear. Bradstreet is among the least egotistical of poets. This poem was actually not published until almost 40 years after she died. If we love each other steadily for our whole lives, then we will be rewarded with eternal life after death. This poem is a riff of the tradition of epithalamium, which is a poem written for the bride on her way to her marital chamber. The speaker, and presumably Bradstreet herself, do not seem to differentiate between earthly and Godly experiences, but instead see them as intrinsically intertwined, and essential to the relationship between human beings and God. Despite the fact that I can not hear her recite this poem I can imagine in my own mind that her voice is soft and gentle and like that of a person in love.
The sentiment was beyond reasoning and rationalizing. So is her marriage difficult? The poem takes the form of rhyming couplets, echoing the married couple of husband and wife. He's quite the lucky guy. Therefore, the poetess inverts the image of a Woman being pregnant with a male child. Through these techniques, the writers present two differing styles of writing that stupendously express their emotions. Bradstreet had many intellectual ideas, and loved to discuss religion. To my dear and loving husband Anne Bradstreet — Context Anne Bradstreet was born in September 16th, 1612 in Northampton, England.
And in turn, his love cannot be repaid as it is infinite in its depth. Anne Bradstreet Background was one of the very first women to publish any poetry or works of literature in America. Bradstreet speaks as herself in this poem. It is just a simple letter to a woman's husband. The prescribed poem was born out of his absence.
That is what really makes this poem worth reading. She was known as a very religious person. Her husband Simon Bradstreet became a Massachusetts governor and had to travel for weeks in keeping with his role as the administrator of the colony. In 1644, the family moved to Andover, Massachusetts, where Bradstreet lived until her death in 1672. That was unheard of for women of their time and religion! The subject of her poem professes unconditional love for her husband. About Anne Bradstreet Born in Northampton,England,1612 Died September 16, 1672 First female writer in the British North American colonies to be published Had eight children I if ever two were one, then surely we. She had many concerns and doubts about her puritan beliefs and lifestyle.
It was met with a positive reception in both the Old World and the New World. Women were very much discriminated against and made to fulfill the duties that were in the household and nothing else beyond that. The comparison utilized here can be likened to the hyperbole employed by the Petrarchan sonneteers. She says that she can never repay the love of her husband and that she prays he will get his reward in heaven. Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again. In this poem, Bradstreet delivers a tone that is soft and. Bradstreet is challenging this tradition, she is praising her husband and showing her loyalty and strong affection towards him.
I prize thy more than whole mines of gold, Or all the riches that the East doth hold. Anne Bradstreet was one of the first significant female poets of her time. This had great influence on the meaning and theme of her poem. Shifts There are no shifts in this poem. At the age of sixteen she married Simon.
In the poem, Bradstreet proclaims her great love for her husband and his for her. The speaker entreats with the heavens to bless her in manifold ways. When there is a choice between the er teacher and the short ee ladies in an unstressed syllable, the er sound replaces the short ee in most cases but in the -ed ending where the long ee is often produced. This suggests a kind of fluidity of time that brings us from the past, to the eternal future, and back again. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; if ever wife was happy in man. Puritan society did not tolerate divorce or adultery, although cases of both are certainly present in the historical record. It is also a typical puritan poem.