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Analysis Of To My Dear And Loving Husband By Anne Bradstreet

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Analysis of To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

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.

Tone is the manner in which a poet makes his statement; it reflects
his attitude toward his subject. Tone is hard to hear in the written
word so therefore the reader must make a distinction of how the poet
is attempting to sound in the reader’s own mind. In this poem,
Bradstreet delivers a tone that is soft and loving. Even though she
has harsh criticisms against her beliefs she puts those aside and
lovingly expresses her love for her husband. The love in which she
describes is almost like a fairy tale. 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 first
three lines state, “If ever two were one, then surely we. 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...

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