Analysis Of Anne Bradstreet To My Dear And Loving Husband

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The Depth of Love

An Analysis of Anne Bradstreet’s, “To My Dear and Loving Husband.” Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” is a timeless love poem. The poet expressed her deep admiration and love of her husband through her gift of writing poetry. The poem is brief, yet powerful. Anne Bradstreet led a Puritanical life and much of her poetic works are based on her life as a wife and mother. Her love for her husband, as expressed in this poem, could have been considered a bit controversial at the time of its writing. Women were to remain quiet about such matters as romance and be submissive to their husbands. She wanted to live her eternal life, with her husband, as she lived on earth, as we read in the last line of the poem, “That when we live no more, we may live ever” (Line 12). The Puritan life commanded love of God first and above all, however Anne Bradstreet seemed to struggle with her earthly desires and her Puritan beliefs. The poem is written in Iambic pentameter. Bradstreet wrote the poem using a form of first person narrative. She also used the literary device of anaphora at the beginning of the first three lines of the poem using “If ever” (1-3) and in the last two lines with “we live.” (11-12) The tone is very romantic and emotional. The mood is somewhat reflective and happy. It expresses the feelings of a woman in love. Bradstreet also uses the literary device of rhyming couplets, with one notable use of the spelling “persever” (11), rather than persevere, to rhyme with “ever” (12). It is possible that Bradstreet used couplets to further indicate the strong bond between a married couple. Her marital bond with her husband is indicative of the Christian belief that when two individuals are married, they are joined together by God as one. In keeping with her faith and her love toward her husband, she states “If ever two were one, then surely we,” (1). She further exhorts her love for her husband as her description of their union embodies the very definition of what true, marital love should be as we read “If ever man were loved by wife, then thee.” (2). In Lines 3 and 4, Bradstreet challenges anyone to compare their marital relationship to hers. There appears to be no other
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