Anne Bradstreet--Themes and Discussion Questions Bradstreet's poetry can be divided into three major categories: Public poetry, which includes du Bartas-derived pedagogical poems, didactic meditations on Puritan issues, celebratory poems in praise of individuals such as Philip Sidney and Queen Elizabeth I, and public verse that reflects on her own role as a writer and poet. We will be looking at one example of this.
Her poem reveals a strong attempt to do so, however, the many permutations of language allow for a single word to bear multiple meanings. Lines 11 to 18 are the main indicators of her feelings of resentment and anger toward God. To even consider questioning His will incites fear and anxiety immediately.
Using language that is more questioning that absolute allows for some wiggle room within the swamp of guilt. The first reading indicates her inability to keep watching her house burn. Anne Bradstreet probably feels as though this promise has been broken.
She begs for a break from the horror, though He granted part of her plea by sparing her family. Yet, He still took everything else she had.
She feels opposing emotions because she must beg for mercy and assistance from the very being who burned her home. The next few lines place responsibility with God and appear to showcase an effort towards letting go of her material possessions: The just action of removing all material goods creates an instinctual desire to fight back and rail against the inevitable.
God has allowed the non-material items to escape unscathed, but both Bradstreet and her husband worked hard for what they had and to have it ripped away, to have to be grateful for the remnants of their lives, is a tough pill for anyone to swallow.
So internally, she leaves the devotion she once had behind. In her time, leaving the faith would require a separation from her husband and children.
Her love for her family would never allow her to leave them. Sacrificing the opportunity to escape her strict Puritan regulations is worth staying with her family. Such a great loss, however, damaged her belief in God enough that she had to express the crisis of faith in her poetry.
Doing so subtly allows for the opportunity to work through her emotions and loss of belief without judgment from her community. Verses upon the Burning of our House And when I could no longer look, I blest his grace that gave and took, That laid my goods now in the dust.
It was his own; it was not mine. Far be it that I should repine, He might of all justly bereft But yet sufficient for us left.
Works Cited Bradstreet, Anne.Jul 05, · To My Dear and Loving Husband By Anne Bradstreet If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee. If ever wife was happy in a man. What it is the meaning of anne bradstreet's poem upon the burning of our house?
In silent nightwhen rest I took, For sorrow near I did not look, I wakened was with thund'ring noise And Piteous. Feb 29, · Anne Bradstreet Analysis Ideas on Anne Bradstreets Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10th, a.
Bradstreets Poem Represents Puritan Literature In Anne Bradstreets poem, Upon the Burning of Our House, she is . We read the poem "Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House" By Anne Bradstreet.
I need to find text in the poem that either shows that she really did miss all her possessions like her books and unpublished poems, or that material.
Anne Bradstreet is a Puritan wife and mother of eight children living in the seventeenth century.(Piercy 17) In many of her poems she portrays the struggles of being a Puritan woman and in the poem ‘Upon the Burning of our House” it is no different.
The Bradstreets soon left Boston for Newtown (now Cambridge), then Ipswich, and after they moved to North Andover, where Bradstreet remained until her death in Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, () A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment () Elizabeth Wade White, Anne Bradstreet: The Tenth.