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Anne Bradstreet, the author of "To My Dear and Loving Husband" was a Puritan

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Jamie Gilbert English 135 Professor Rajagopal October 25, 2005 To My Dear and Loving Husband Anne Bradstreet, the author of "To My Dear and Loving Husband" was a Puritan. This had great influence on the meaning and theme of her poem. This poem was actually not published until almost 40 years after she died. She lived in a harsh religious world where it was looked down upon for women to be courageous and smart. She lived a life that where she was unspoken and obedient to because of her religious belief. She had many concerns and doubts about her puritan beliefs and lifestyle. These doubts are presented in her poem. The main theme of Bradstreet's poem is her undying love for her husband. In this paper I will discuss how tone and imagery help the reader to understand the theme of this poem. ...read more.

Middle

If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; if ever wife was happy in man." These three lines are significant not only because they are the first three, making them the introduction but they also elude a graceful tone to the poem. 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. Love is a complicated thing to understand but Bradstreet keeps it on a level that is easy for the reader to relate to and maintain the mindset that you know exactly how she is feeling. Imagery is what occurs when poets use words that appeal to our senses: we perceive, through his or her words, a sense idea or image: these images can appeal to all six senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste, and balance. ...read more.

Conclusion

Even though it might be hard to put a price of the emotion we call love, Bradstreet does and she puts a big price on it. She compares it to things that are considered to be the most expensive in the world. Bradstreet lived in a world where women were forced to be quiet and obedient. She breaks all these rules with this poem. She uses her intelligence and free heart to describe her love for her husband. With the use of imagery and tone, Bradstreet allows the reader to understand and recognize the theme of her poem. She helps the reader to understand that her love for her husband is undying by comparing it to riches, wealth, and voids that heaven can not even fulfill. Bradstreet's description of love is one that is priceless and straight from the heart. ?? ?? ?? ?? Gilbert 1 ...read more.

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