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Literature unlike a more exacting subject such as math is open to several interpretations There are no right or wrong answers - - just varying theories The poem To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet is such a case The poem is interpreted differently by different people however two theories appear most evident On a literal level there is a sincere meaning found in the poem There is suitable evidence that support Bradstreets sincere love such as metaphors used in addition to several lines in the poem As the reader goes deeper into the meaning of the poem he will realize there is more to the poem than the apparent The poem tends to take on an ironic insight to the situation and there are indications that Bradstreet was trying to depict a different message to her husband The justification for this ironic interpretation comes from the era in which the poem was written the belief system of Puritans metaphors used by Bradstreet and many lines in the poem This remarkable poem can be interpreted solely on the surface level however a deeper understanding may be evident after careful analysis of the hidden meaning When Bradstreets poem is interpreted only on the surface level a very literal meaning of her love comes across It is inferred that she was writing a sincere love poem to her husband After reading the poem the reader will have an initial impression that Bradstreet thinks that the love she shared with her husband was bigger than life itself The general perception from the initial reading is that Bradstreet values her love greatly An example of this significance occurs in the opening of the poem when she writes If ever two were one then surely we Line one This line conveys to the reader that Bradstreet feels that she and her spouse are a team - - what happens to one will happen to the other Another
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