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Anne Bradstreet 1612-1672 although born in England isconsidered to be the first American poet She is also revered as thefirst woman to be published Married to Simon Bradstreet at agesixteen she ventured with her family to the Massachusetts colony Simon the governor of Massachusetts colony served a major role inher life and her literary career He was the subject in many of thepoems included in the two volumes Bradstreet had published APuritan all her life Bradstreet led a simple life guided by principles ofgrace plainness and divine missions In To My Dear and LivingHusband she shows her devotion to her husband in a smooth andsimple manner We can see from the poem the strong feelings shehas for her husband However she contradicts some of her Puritanbeliefs at certain points in the poem To Anne Bradstreet her husband is exactly what he should bethe love of her life Over and over again she expresses her devotionto him with a repetition of images One such image is presented inI prize my love more than whole mines of goldOr all the riches that the East doth holdMy love is such that rivers cannot quenchShe states here that she would accept nothing in return for thelove that she shares with her husband and that no power great orsmall could destroy it Love is a tricky subject to many and to somea fictional thing On a personal note I hope to one day find this lovethat she speaks of Bradstreets love for Simon is untouchable andTo My Dear and Living Husband is a beautiful and well-writtenpoem In breaking apart the structure we see that the poem containstwelve lines each containing ten syllables Since each line is write inthe iambic fashion of alternating unstressed syllables and stressedsyllables we can conclude that the poem is a sonnet However sincethe rhyme scheme is AA BB CC DD EE FF we see that it does not fitin as one of the more famous Shakespearean
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