The Puritan's Writing Style Of The Colonial Period

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The colonial period is abundant in its sources of people who influence and help to be American literature. The colonial period is from 1600 to 1750 and it began with the Puritans arriving at cape cod on the Mayflower and Speedwell. The Puritans came to America because they wanted to separate from the Anglican church. The Puritans believed that God should be the leader of the church, not the priest. There are also other differences that cause the Puritans to leave such as writing style.The Puritans writing style was called plain style and its writing is inspired by the Geneva Bible; the Anglican read from the King James Bible and is far more complex and complicated than the Geneva Bible which is more straightforward. Plain style contains biblical allusions, double synonyms, and puritan double vision. Works that are written in plain style are: “Of Plymouth Plantation” by William Bradford, and “ Narrative of her captivity” by Mary Rowlandson. The writing style of the Anglicans is called high style and it includes metaphors, satire, Greek and Roman allusions, and conceit. A story that is written in high style is “ The history of the dividing line” by William Byrd. The Puritans and Anglican were also different in the ways they would live their lives. The Puritans see anything that took their attention away from god as a temptation of the devil. But the Anglicans like to enjoy the things of beauty in the world, things like art, literature, and music. Also, the Puritans believed

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