Anne Bradstreet

1612 -- Anne was born in England; her maiden name was Dudley.  She was born into a noble and well-educated family.

1628 -- At the age of 16, Anne married Simon Bradstreet who was 25 years old at the time.

1630 -- Anne, her husband and family migrated to America

The journey to America was very difficult, and the first years in America were filled with hardships:  little food, primitive living conditions, and diseases.  Many returned to England, but Anne and Simon stayed.

Anne contracted small pox and then later a disease that paralyzed her joints for some time; she was often ill.

Simon prospered in America.  Then at one point, their house and all of their belonging burned down.  They were able to get back on their feet through hard word and the help of neighbors.

Eventhough her health was poor, she and Simon had 8 children that she raised mostly by herself, because Simon's job kept him away from home a lot of the time.

Because she was often alone with just the children, Anne relieved her loneliness by reading and educating her children.  She especially enjoyed reading poetry, and she began to write poetry for herself and her friends and family.  Her poetry was about her life experiences, the love she had for her husband and family, and her love and devotion to God.

Anne was a Puritan and did not intend for her poetry to be published, because it was frowned upon by the Puritans for a woman to pursue intellectual things and especially to express their own views and opinions. One of Anne's friends had been banished, because she had expressed her opinion!

1650 -- Anne's brother-in-law copied her poems and took them to England and had them published.  The collection of poems was called THE TENTH MUSE... The poetry did quite well in England, but it was the only collection of her poems to be published during her lifetime; she did have others published, but it was after her death.

1672 -- Anne died of tuberculois at the age of 60.


1.  "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.

*We must face hardships, or we would not appreciate the good times.

2.  "If we did not sometimes taste the adversity, prosperity wouldn't be so welcome."

*We must face adversities in order to appreciate our successes.

2  "Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without edges, fitter to bruise than polish."

*If a person is in authority but does not have the wisdom and knowledge to rule, then he will no doubt cause problems.