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Poems of Anne Bradstreet

by Anne D. Bradstreet

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The editor gives a moving Introduction: "In 1630, Anne Dudley Bradstreet was a passenger aboard John Winthrop's Arbella as it moved out of Southampton Waters to lead three other ships toward the New World." With her parents and new husband, the 18yr old Anne, her face marked by small-pox, few thought she would survive the perils of the colony. In fact her husband became a magistrate and she gave birth to 8 healthy children, and a book of poetry that was the sensation of its own age and ours.

Anne is clearly Unitarian and even atheist in her declamations. Believers will be misled by the fact that she never curses God, not realizing you have to believe in God to curse the pains and His relentless attentions. She frankly confesses no experience, none, with miracles. Her faith is in Hope, in caring, and in recovery, not the abstracts of redemption. She was often ill and expresses it well. And three poems on the death of children, not her own. Each poem is a Unitarian prayer.
  keylawk | Dec 26, 2012 |
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