Love In Anne Bradstreet's 'To My Dear And Loving Husband'

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People are searching for love throughout their lives reflecting that everything they do must reach a happy ending and that they can find what they are looking for in order to continue their lives with a fulfilled desire and power. At this point some of these individuals start a new life with a new partner or better half, who loves and gives everything that they have to the other partner who is missing. Unfortunately, some people fail to find their partners or when they do find them, the relationship is not successful thus causing psychological pain. There is Power that can make two individuals meld into one, to be looked upon as one both by themselves as well as by others. Anne Bradstreet, in her poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” identifies love and unity between her and her husband during the Puritan literary period. Bradstreet describes the value of her through her husband’s perspective and how she is both greatly valued and prized. Bradstreet uses the anaphora “If ever” many times to persuade the audiences about her love of her husband. Finally, Bradstreet describes the marriage from the Bible’s perspective. Bradstreet describes her deep love of her husband and how this relationship is very strong, and the overall tone is very romantic “If ever two were one, then surely we” (1). Bradstreet further makes her point that they can be one; she mentions the unity between the wife and the husband and how they are connecting to each other, how the love makes two persons into one “If ever man were loved by wife, then thee” (2). Bradstreet lived in the Puritan-Colonial literature period which was generally under strict religious rule. The effects of the literary are instructive and didactic and the style is written in a straight forward, non-creative style. Bradstreet states that marriage is about life partners respecting each other more than any case of material excellence or riches like gold. At this time period marriage is a strong commitment and relationship between a man and woman destined to stay forever “I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold” (5). Bradstreet clarifies that in our day by day lives we ought to be cheerful and have faith in God. The poet clarifies that her love is like a river
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