Essay about Love in Anne Bradstreet's "To my Dear and Loving Husband"

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“LOVE”, a simple word with four letters, sounds very simple but has a vast and deep meaning. From the very ancient time till today there have always been a topic called “Love” in every work of literature. Even in the ancient Biblical times, we see “Love” carried a deeper meaning. Several chapters and verses from the Holy Book are the evidence that “Love” existed during that period too, be it God’s love to all His people, or a man’s love to his wife, or vice-versa. The book of Genesis not only talks about the history and origin of the world, but also talks about several things on “Love”. In 1 Corinthians 13, we read, “Love” is patient and kind, which is not boastful and has no arrogance at all. It is not rude and self-seeking. This extract…show more content…
Anne Bradstreet’s Poem, "To My Dear and Loving Husband" also possesses the same topic “love”. It has several standard poetic features such as the two-line rhyme scheme, the anaphora and the repetition of a phrase in the first three lines of the poem. Her poem also has some popular features like the iambic pentameter. The theme of the verse “If ever two were one, then surely we…” from Anne Bradstreet’s love poem “To my Dear and Loving Husband” is her professed love for her husband. She praises him and asks the heavens to recompense him for his love. The poem is a touching display of love and affection; extraordinarily rare for the Puritan era that Anne Bradstreet lived which was the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Especially in this verse, “If ever two were one, then surely we…” we can see how beautifully she has devoted her mind, body, and soul to her husband. "If ever two were one, then surely we" [To my Dear and Loving Husband, (1)], this quotation is the first and one of the most important verses in her poem. It carries the entire theme of the poem, which is the professed love for her husband. She clearly presents her eternal love towards her husband through this very line. In this verse, Bradstreet points out that she does not feel as though she is one individual person. She expresses how much love she has for her husband. It is not ordinary to say, if ever two were one. This kind of verse can be expected only from a person who
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