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An American Triptych In her book An American Triptych Wendy Martin writes about three extraordinary women poets Martin takes you through the history of the lives of Anne Bradstreets Puritanism to Emily Dickinsons transdentalism to Adrienne Richs modern feminism In this book you will learn how much their lives were alike and different and how each lived in different time periods This book is an effort not only to understand the experience of three major women poets whose art spans the period of our nations history but also suggests the outlines of an American female poetic11 Wendy Martin shows how each woman expressed their experience in context during their historical period Anne Bradstreet was the first woman poet in the New World Emily Dickinson in the nineteenth century became a model for all women poets who followed a model of eccentricity and isolation Adrienne Rich our contemporary confronted the meaning of the American female poetic career3 All three of these women had to deal with dominant fathers religion and ways to find the time to write their poetry Anne Bradstreet wrote poetry when all of her other obligations as wife and mother were done This meant that most of her writing was done when she should have been sleeping She also struggled with her feelings about God She wanted to believe in her faith but than began to have doubts especially when she began experiencing tragedies in her life Anne Bradstreet did not risk censure and exile but her poetry reveals that she continues to have doubts about salvation and eternal like for much of her life21 At the end of her life she felt that her faith was based on a profound desire to remain connected to life whether in this world or the next Emily Dickinson made sure she had all the time she needed to write her poetry She remained in her parents home and lived an isolated life only connected
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