This first stanza shows the irony that is displayed throughout the entire poem. One would see why Anne Bradstreet was not quick to publish her works, especially her more personal work. Regardless of her acknowledgment of her role in society, she uses her poetry to convey her feelings and opinions about it through honesty and humor.
She realized that even if she had written a good poem, most people would assume that it was either stolen or that she just got lucky. To fully understand the atmosphere and circumstances that Anne Bradstreet wrote this poem, you need to understand the Puritan way of life and its direct effect on women.
According to Ann Woodlief of Virginia Commonwealth University, Anne Bradstreet had a friend named Anne Hutchinson who was a very outspoken woman on the topics of religion and ethics.
When reading this poem it is clear to see that Anne Bradstreet valued knowledge and intellect because she was a free thinking. Some even considered her an early feminist. At times it was customary for women to be reminded in church by ministers that they were inferior to men New England Goodwives, She wants her poetry to be recognized, not with the traditional bay laurel.
Thematically, Anne Bradstreet wrote about many different topics that are both extensive and varied. Also, the foot and meter of this poem is iambic pentameter.
But at the same time she asks for a little recognition as a woman too as shown in these two lines: Anne Bradstreet lived in a time where women were meant to keep quite and tend to the children and home. She is saying that even if she wrote a good poem, most people would think that it was either stolen from a man or even written out of luck.
Her upbringing and her religion had a major effect on her writings and even the ability to release those writings to the public.
She wants for women to be accepted as intelligent and opinionated people as well. The fifth stanza is the most honest stanza I think. At a young age she married and went to the New World. The tone of the poem shows in my opinion some resentment and anger towards the assumed role of a women along with the humor she portrays so well.
This poem elicits strangely varied responses regarding the tone and mood. In the first half of the poem she is adhering to the roles of women and that men are better, Anne Bradstreet the prologue, The prologue anne bradstreet. Women were not given any credit for things other than keeping up the house and tending to the children.
Because Anne Bradstreet was a woman, she was not going to be taken seriously and was forced to adhere to her Puritan religion and society.
Jane Donahue Eberwein of Oakland University proposes some interesting questions. She wrote about things like culture, nature, religion, family, death and history Cowell, The seventh stanza shows her admittance that men are at the top of the sociological pyramid and women are only there to compliment them.
Du Bartas was known to be her favorite poet and she deeply respected him and emulated him at times. The voice throughout this poem is at times hard to determine. She would rather a richer foliage than a kitchen herb Eberwein, Anne Bradstreet was an intelligent woman trying to write poetry in a patriarchal, unimaginative world.
READ: Dead Poets Society Even though she grew up having the luxury of an excellent education, she was still expected to live the life of a Puritan woman.Download