Puritanism in the Poetry of Bradstreet and Wigglesworth Comparison Essay by Nicky

Puritanism in the Poetry of Bradstreet and Wigglesworth
A comparative analysis of the presence of Puritanism in the poetry of Anne Bradstreet and in Michael Wigglesworth's poem, "The Day of Doom".
# 148600 | 1,104 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 27, 2011 in Literature (Poetry) , Religion and Theology (General)

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The paper examines the tone and style in Anne Bradstreet's poems and compares them to Michael Wigglesworth's "The Day of Doom". The paper contrasts the presence of Puritanism in both poets' works and brings out how Wigglesworth's reflection of Puritanism leads to heavy handed and unpleasing poetry, while Bradstreet's more open minded nature is reflected in the depth and breadth of her poems.`

From the Paper:

"The first and most obvious issue that shows the differences in spirit with which these two writers undertook their creation of poetry is their choice of subject matter. Anne Bradstreet wrote on a variety of subjects, and true to the Elizabethan tradition that she can clearly seen as a part of her titles are incredibly descriptive, allowing just the mention of several of these to become and adequate illustration of Bradstreet's topical breadth: "The Author to her Book," "In Reference to Her Children," "Upon Some Distemper of Body," and "The Vanity of All Worldly Things" illustrate the poet's thoughts on a multitude of subjects that pertained to Puritan life. She has poems that warn, though she always stops short of outright condemnation; poems that contain the overflows of joy and love; poems that are meant to instruct, or lament, and every other human emotional response that typically finds expression in poetry."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bradstreet, Anne. "To My Dear and Loving Husband." Accessed 5 May 2009. http://www.annebradstreet.com/to_my_dear_and_loving_husband.htm
  • Bradstreet, Anne. "In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess, Queen Elizabeth." Accessed 5 May 2009. http://www.annebradstreet.com/in_honour_of_that_high_and_mighty_princess_queen_elizabeth.htm
  • Wigglesworth, Michael. "The Day of Doom." Accessed 5 May 2009. http://www.puritansermons.com/poetry/doom001.htm

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