Diffferent Types of Colonial Literature Essay

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American literature extends its roots into colonial times. The works of the earliest North Americans include contributions by Natives and settlers alike, with many similar and differing historical influences, themes, and genres. The Native Americans, before colonial life even began, had developed a strong system of oral storytelling revolving mostly around mother nature. When the Puritans arrived, seeking religious asylum from Europe, their reserved and conservative ways leaked into colonial literature and greatly differed from their Rationalist counterparts. Pieces of fiery poetry also emerged from early American quills, but much of colonial literature was written by Rationalists and centered around establishing order and a way of…show more content…
With such extreme conservative and religious examples of literature that came to define the world around her, it is surprising that Anne Bradstreet produced such fervent poems. One such example is her piece “The Burning of Our House.” Bradstreet writes unmistakably confident and poised, a stark contrast when compared to the Puritan model for women at the time. In the poem, Bradstreet confesses her true feelings with the line, “When by the ruins oft I past, my sorrowing eyes aside did cast.” Even though Anne Bradstreet’s poems did stand out against the sea of strict religious text around her, the poet still includes religious morals within her work, as illustrated by the sentence, “Thou hast a house on high erect, framed by that mighty Architect.” Bradstreet came to represent another niche of colonial poetry in American literature. Whether the author was a Puritan or a Rationalist, a vast amount colonial literature revolved around the placement of rules and a way of life in the new colonial world. The Puritans who founded many of the first sites
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