To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet Essay

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To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet If ever two were one, then surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can. I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold. Or all the riches that the east doth hold. My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee recompense Thy love is such I can no way repay, The heavens reward thee manifold I pray. Then while we live, in love let's so persevere, That when we live no more, we may live ever. Anne Bradstreet's poem "To My Dear and Loving Husband" represents a beautiful love theme. It shows us the depth of her…show more content…
Here we face a paradox, physically that is impossible, but spiritually they complete each other's life so that in marriage, they are one. We also see throughout these lines that she gives her marriage as an example "If ever two were one", "if ever man were loved by wife", "if ever wife was happy in a man". Compare with me ye women if you can. In this verse the poet seems boastful of her relationship; she calls out to women in a bragging manner. She sees her love as rare, personal. Something that very few other couples share. To Anne Bradstreet, her husband is exactly what he should be; the love of her life. Over and over she expresses her devotion to him with a repetition pf images; an example of such images is evident in the following: I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold. Or all the riches that the east doth hold. My love is such that rivers cannot quench, In here she states that the love to her husband is much more precious than gold and all the riches of the east. She would also accept nothing in return for the love that she and her husband share and that no power would be able to destroy it, her love to her husband is indestructible and eternal. Nor ought but love from thee recompense Thy love is such I can no way repay, The heavens reward thee manifold I pray. In lines 7 and 8 we see a
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