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
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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 relate to and maintain the mindset that you know exactly how she is feeling.

Imagery is what occurs when poets use words that appeal to our senses: we perceive, through his or her words, a sense idea or image: these images can appeal to all six senses: sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste, and balance. Bradstreet uses imagery in her poem to when she describes the love between her and her husband. For example: In lines
8-10 Bradstreet writes; “My love is such that rivers cannot quench, thy love is such I can no way repay, the heavens reward thee manifold.
I pray.” In these three lines Bradstreet is using imagery by explaining that the love
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