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Bradstreet was the first poet in America to publish a volume of poetry The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America was published in England in 1650 Bradstreet had lived in England until 1630 when at the age of 18 she arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony where she spent the rest of her life Although Bradstreet wrote many poems on familiar British themes and produced skilled imitations of British forms her most remarkable works responded directly to her experiences in colonial New England They reveal her attraction to her new world even as the discomforts of life in the wilderness sickened her Her poetry contains a muted declaration of independence from the past and a challenge to authority Although Bradstreets verses on the burning of her house in 1666 and poems on the death of three grandchildren end by reaffirming the God-fearing Puritan belief system along the way they also question the harsh Puritan God Further Bradstreets work records early stirrings of female resistance to a social and religious system in which women are subservient to men In The Prologue 1650 Bradstreet writes I am obnoxious to each carping tongue Who says my hand a needle better fits than A poets pen Bradstreets instincts were to love this world more than the promised next world of Puritan theology and her struggle to overcome her love for the world of nature energizes her poetry Taylor a poet of great technical skill wrote powerful meditative poems in which he tested himself morally and sought to identify and root out sinful tendencies In Gods Determinations Touching His Elect written 1680 one of Taylors most important works he celebrates Gods power in the triumph of good over evil in the human soul All of Taylors poetry and much of Bradstreets served generally personal ends and their audience often consisted of themselves and their family and closest friends This tradition of private poetry kept in manuscript and
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