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Anne Bradstreet was one of the first poets to write an English verse in the American colonies Her poems were written for her family she had no incentive to publish them Anne Bradstreet sailed to settle on Massachusetts Bay at 16 out of a civilized and humane background Her father Thomas Dudley a man of education had been steward to an earl her mother was a gentlewomen Anne Bradstreets parents seemed to have a great affect in shaping her personality into what she became They gave her the best they had to offer and made her stand out in the end Her husband Simon Bradstreet was a Cambridge man a ministers son whom she married at 16 years old Together they lived in Salem Boston Cambridge and Ipswich before they finally settled on a farm in North Andover Massachusetts in 1644 Simon Bradstreet became a judge legislator royal councilor and twice a governor of the colony while Anne Bradstreet became a devoted wife and mother When her husband was to serve as Governor of Massachusetts she opened up as a woman Seventeenth-century Puritan people were very self-conscious Massachusetts Puritans were not harsh or joyless they were serious and moral They strove to lead useful lives of hard work and honored Gods favor Puritans placed a high value on the family and the position of wife and mother Puritanism served to reinforce the assumption of female weakness and inferiority Women were expected to be modest and submissive A wife was expected to devote herself almost entirely to serving the needs of her husband The value of Anne Bradstreets poems say its revelation of God and not the individual She wrote these poems while rearing eight children lying frequently sick and keeping the house at the edge of wilderness The strength among women gave men a feeling of uneasiness Her work is obviously work of a woman when read honored and
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