Life and Works of Anne Bradstreet Analytical Essay

Life and Works of Anne Bradstreet
A biography of the life and works of the poet Anne Bradstreet.
# 24052 | 2,057 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2003 in Literature (English) , Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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This paper examines the life of Anne Bradstreet, an interesting and complex poet who wrote during a time when women poets were not encouraged to pursue their talents. It discusses how Bradstreet's life, was a dissent from the norm and the quiet rebellion she waged against her religion can be considered in the comprehensive study of one of her most famous poems "To My Dear and Loving Husband" which illustrates the rebellion and feminist theory that Bradstreet was quietly expressing. It shows how Bradstreet's subtlety emits her feelings of discontent and expresses her willingness and desire to rebel against what she didn't agree with. Even if not admired at the time, Bradstreet's poems will always be considered works of a great poet and inspiring to all readers.

From the Paper:

"Unfortunately, there is a great deal of mystery surrounding the facts about Bradstreet's life, making it hard to link pieces of her history with her poetry. As Piercy points out, "There is no portrait of Anne Bradstreet, no marker left to indicate her grave, no house left standing nor its location certain" (24). Reid adds that "even her birth date is disputed, born either in 1612 or 1613"(518). However, certain facts are known that help give insight to her poetry. Born Anne Dudley supposedly in Northampton, England, she married Simon Bradstreet when she was 16. She moved many times, as her father and husband wished, consistent with their demanding political careers."

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