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The early American poems Huswifery and Upon the Burning of Our House although similar in many ways also have very distinct qualities to them Edward Taylor and Anne Bradstreet use comparable styles themes and structures possibly because they had the same cultural and religious heritage On the other hand these poems were written with different purposes and used dissimilar language The style of Huswifery and Upon the Burning of Our House is very similar which displays the significant effect of Puritanism on early Americans Both of these poems are very rigid structural and simple For example both of these poems are iambic and follow the strict conventions of iambic poetry While Huswifery is written in pentameter with ten syllables per line and Upon the Burning of Our House is written in tetrameter with eight syllables per line both of these works adhere to the respective rules of that type of poetry This rigidity is very common in Puritan literature However a slight difference in these two poems is that Huswifery is written in pentameter and Upon the Burning of Our House is written in tetrameter The similar structure of Huswifery and Upon the Burning of Our House also lends itself to Puritanism Both of these poems use masculine rhyme a very simple form of rhyming that is characteristic of Puritan literature Also the poems are inverted rearranging the words for rhymes sake a quality of English poetry The first line of Upon the Burning of Our House is inverted It places the verb before the subject when saying When rest I took as opposed to the traditional When I took rest Edward Taylor also inverts many lines in Huswifery The rhyme scheme of Upon the Burning of Our House is very simple it consists of two rhyming lines followed by two more rhyming lines Taylor employs a scheme that is slightly more complicated rhyming the first and third lines and then interjecting with rhyming second
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