Nature and Death in In Memory of My Dear Grandchild and Upon Wedlock and Death of Children

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Nature and Death in In Memory of My Dear Grandchild and Upon Wedlock and Death of Children Literature delivers or expresses ideas according to the social and cultural settings of the particular time of the writers. Even though it is designed to be in a certain time frame, the concepts overlap each other. The poems "In memory of my dear grandchild" by Anne Bradstreet, "Upon wedlock and death of children" by Edward Taylor though were written in different eras, they have a common concept "death". The writers in their poems describe that death is a natural process and compare it with different aspects of nature. Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) and Edward Taylor (1642-1729) are both early American litterateurs, and are firm believers in…show more content…
In the poem "In the memory of my dear grandchild…" she speaks in first person and handles the mechanics very well rhyming at every alternate line. The poem comprises of two verses of seven lines each. In the first verse, she expresses the distress of loosing her grand child Elizabeth. She is sorrowful, and bids farewell to her very young grand daughter. Then she says to herself that it is wrong of her to cry as her Elizabeth is in a better place that is everlasting "Or sigh thy days so soon were terminate, sith thou art settled in an everlasting state". She consoles herself in the next stanza by giving examples that everything in nature has to die one day. She exemplifies by trees, apples, grass, plants, and buds. The last line of her poem, "Is by His hand alone that guides nature and fate" accentuates her believe in God. She gives in to God's power to make everything happen and bows down to it. Similarly Edward Taylor in his poem, "Upon wedlock, and death of Children" expresses his gratitude to God on his children birth and does not complain on their death. Whether thou get'st them green, or lets them seed" meaning that its up to the Lord to decide about a person's fate. He uses iambic pentameter as the mechanics and his thought flow in an orderly fashion, rhyming at every alternate lines. His poem consists of seven stanzas each of six lines. He is actually telling about his family tree in this poem. He symbolizes his children as flowers and

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