Unit 1: A Gathering of Voices beginning - 1800

D.Mosley Ms. Burwell

"To My Dear and Loving husband"

The Author of "To My Dear and Loving Husband" is Anne Bradstreet. Anne Bradstreet arrived in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630, when she was only eighteen. Armed with convictions of her puritan upbringing, she left behind her hometown of Northampton, England, to start fresh in america. It was a hard life for Anne she suffered with many illnesses and also had to raise eight kids with a low income.

Despite her hardships Anne was able to devote her spare time to an "unladylike" occupation of writing. She wrote for herself not publication. Her brother in-law John Woodbridge read the poems and arranged for publication in England of a collection of her scholarly poems.


In 1620 the pilgrams land at Plymouth, Massachusetts. The pilgrams left England for many reasons but the main reason was for religious freedom.

In 1642 The cilvil war in Europe began. By setting up his royal standard on the Castle Hill at Nottingham, and by summoning his loyal subjects to join him against his enemies in parliament, Charles effectively signalled the start of the English Civil War.

In 1647 Massachusetts establishes free public schools. Massachusetts has long had an important role in free, quality public education. Just as in colonial times, Massachusetts continues to set the standard for public education in the new United States.

In 1667 Milton published Paradise Lost. Paradise Lost is an epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608-1674). It was originally published in 1667 in ten books, with a total of over ten thousand individual lines of Verse.

The genre of "My Dear and Loving Husband" is a brief, rather simple love poem, and like most such poems it expresses strong emotion. But sometimes the expression of personal emotion in a poem can be the most convincing when the poem itself is rather formal, even constrained. In Anne Bradstreet's poem, the personal address to her husband is framed by a set of logical propositions which almost make us feel we are listening to a schoolteacher in front of a blackboard, or maybe a preacher.

It begins by describing the compatibility between the speaker and her husband . The speaker then describes how much she values her husband's love, how strong her love is, and how she will never be able to repay her husband for his love. The poem concludes with the speaker urging herself and her husband to "persevere" in their love for another so that they can live forever.

Literary Analysis

“To My Dear and Loving Husband” is an intensely felt expression of wifely love and devotion that achieves its effect through the use of paradox – seeming contradictions that are nevertheless true. One example is the opening line: “If ever two were one, then surely we.” The commonplace notion of marital union receives novelty with the omission of a predicate in the main clause. The device is sustained throughout next two lines expressing first the depth of her love and then her marital bliss.

Works Cited

"Anne Dudley Bradstreet". 2007. Web. 11 December 2010.

"Paradise lost" .2009. Web. 12 November 2011.

"Europe Civil War". 2006. Web. 20 January 2008.

"Pilgrims landing in America".2005 web. March 2010.

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