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Paula Bossoletti English 107 Anne Bradstreet Contemplations Gods Beauty Anne Bradstreet was the first poet to be published in North America Contemplations one of her longer works explores nature and her relationship with God In this poem Bradstreet discusses the after life as well as the present Bradstreet explores the morality of man through pride vanity and temptations Her language throughout the poem is graphic and full of allusions and imagery Bradstreet does come to realize that the physical world though full of beauty is of less concern than that of the spiritual world The splendor of Gods creations are what starts this poem Bradstreet uses imagery to express the natural beauty of the world which only God could have been the creator Their leaves and fruits seemed painted but was true Of green of red of yellow mixed hue 5-6 of course in the speakers view God had a hand at painting these leaves No one nor anything else has the capacity to create such splendor The speaker continues with Rapt were my senses at the delectable view7 acknowledging the beauty even further These earthly creations are so marvelous what must life in Heaven be like The speaker can foresee that is must be great because the beauty here on earth is not eternal The reference to the oak tree in this poem is relating to the Garden of Eden and original sin The speaker makes use of the pun Sun to imply Son of God The manner in which Bradstreet uses Sun is much like that of Hawthorne when he chooses the name Faith as one of his characters in Young Goodman Brown Then higher on the glistening Sun I gazed Whose beams was shaded by the leavie tree The more I looked the more I grew amazed And softly said what glorys like to thee Soul of this world this universes eye No wonder some
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