Essay on Poetry and Ann Bradstreet

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Edward Taylor and Ann Bradstreet Study Questions
For Lesson Notes (1-7) and for Lesson Completion (8-13)
Part One (To complete upon viewing the ppt. presentation)
1) Based on what we know about the Puritans and how they viewed worldly objects and creative expression, why would it seem ironic that there are several among them who remain influential poets today? It would seem ironic because they had left few personal belongings behind them, but puritans confined within their culture so they can have a personal attachment.

2) A. Identify two similarities in the lives of Edward Taylor and Ann Bradstreet. B. Identify one to two key differences in their lives. Two similarities are they came with Puritans upbringing and they had hard
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b. Manifold- Depending on what your teacher wants done in the classroom, you can clean Manifold as long as it gets done.

c. Persevere- When Ms. Barnes attempted to persevere with her scheme she was recalled.
7) Identify two features of the Puritan plain style. 1: Puritans believed that poetry should serve god by clearly expressing only useful or religious ideas. 2: Characterized by short words, direct statements, and references to ordinary, everyday objects.
Part Two (To complete after you read and review the poems in the completion section).

8) A. Who is the speaker addressing in Edward Taylor’s poem? B. Given that fact, what does the poem remind you of? Explain. The Speaker that is addressing Taylor is wife. This poem reminds me of my grandma sitting in a rocking chair knitting scarfs, talking to me relaxed.

9) Identify the conceit in the poem. What two things are being compared? Identify one line that demonstrates this comparison and explain, in your own words, what it means. Knitting with yarn and the death of his wife. “Then mine apparell shall display before yee 5.That I am Cloathd in Holy robes for glory.” I would say this means that the memories of his wife and how things came to be is held on his back like a rock and he wants to pray about it and want god to let him know its ok.

10) A. Who is the speaker addressing in Ann Bradstreet’s poem, “To My Dear and Loving Husband?” B) Give

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