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Authors Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylors passionately religious writings represent typical literature of the seventeenth century period Genuine religious concerns are found in all the writings of the Puritans in fact they mainly write either to privately express religious beliefs or to share them with others Written in Plain Style Bradstreet and Taylors straightforward religious poems show not only the individuals attempt to be a good Christian but also reflect the shared values of the Puritan community Anne Bradstreets poetry reflects the religious passion the plain style and the focus on the individual soul which was typical of seventeenth century American writing In the letter To My Dear Children she shares her testimony admitting her doubts and shortcomings as a Christian but concluding with her resolute pronouncement Return O my Soul to thy rest upon this rock Christ Jesus will I build my faith 315 This letter shows her religious passionate thoughts and feelings which exemplify this period Bradstreet shows the plain style of the Puritan writers in Burning House In silent night when rest I took For sorrow near I did not look 311 She simply says the night was silent as opposed to a flowery description of the night which was typical of the Romantic period Additionally in her poem In Reference to Her Children 23 June 1659 she uses an extended metaphor known as conceit 307 She cleverly describes her family as nest of birds I had eight birds hatcht in one nest Four cocks there were and hens the rest 307 She bids them farewell as each bird leaves the nest Edward Taylors writings show the shared values within his community of believers In his poem Joy of Church Fellowship which is the final part of Gods Determination he shares his vision of their group of believers But in their Acts Divine and Worship they With Hymns do offer up their Heart 383 Additionally in Huswifery he
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