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									Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet

   Bradstreet falls into our “Age of Faith”
    category in junior English.
    –   (The “Age of Faith” is the category we use to
        define writers during the Puritan era)

   Shakespeare was alive at the time of Anne
    Bradstreet, and Shakespeare’s poetry gave
    her inspiration for her own poems.
   The biggest influence on her life,
    however, was her religion.
   Bradstreet was born into a family of
    Puritans, and she moved to America in

   Bradstreet’s father and husband each served
    as the governor of the Massachusetts Bay

   During this time, Bradstreet wrote poems
    while she was at home raising four children.

   Most of her poems were kept private, or
    shared only with her family. (Why would this
    be typical for this time period?)
   Her brother-in-law, John Woodbridge,
    changed this when he had some of her
    poems published without her permission.
   Almost instantly, Bradstreet became a
    famous poet.
“Here Follow Some Verses upon
  the Burning of our House”

              Literature book, pages 96-97
“here follow some verses…”

   Bradstreet’s house burns down.
   Her first reaction is to mourn the loss of her
   She quickly realizes that a Puritan should not
    react in this way, and she edits her thoughts.
   Bradstreet ends the poem with the realization
    that she should not value earthly goods, but
    should place her value on heaven instead.
…“Here Follow Some Verses…”

   What is inversion?

                 “The world no longer let me love,
                 My hope and treasure lies above”

*Inversion = reversal of basic word sequence
    (*This term will be on future tests and final exams.)
             “The inversions, you will
             now reverse…”

               “In silent night when rest I took,
                 For sorrow near I did not look”

Lines 1-2 of the poem show
inversion. What would they
say in more modern English?
Group work:

   Choose a partner (there may be one group
    of 3).Translate your assigned lines into more
    modern language.
    –   (Rewrite them as you might say them now – Keep
        it simple!)
    –   (a group representative will type the new phrasing
        onto class computer to be projected for class)
    –   (by the end of this activity we should have a fully
        translated poem)
Here follow Some Verses Upon the
Burning of Our House

In silent night when rest I took            That laid my goods now in the dust.
For sorrow near I did not look              Yea, so it was, and so ‘twas just.
I wakened was with thund’ring noise         It was His own, it was not mine,
And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.      Far be it that I should repine;
That fearful sound of “fire!” and “fire!”   He might of all justly bereft
Let no man know is my desire                But yet sufficient for us left.
I, starting up, the light did spy,          When by the ruins oft I past
And to my God my heart did cry              My sorrowing eyes aside did cast,
To strengthen me in my distress             And here and there the places spy
And not to leave me succorless.             Where oft I sat and long did lie,
Then, coming out, beheld a space            And then behold no more shall I.
The flame consume my evil dwelling place.   Under thy roof no guest shall sit,
And when I could no longer look             Nor at thy table eat a bit.
I blest his name that gave and took,        No pleasant tale shall e’er be told,
Here follow Some Verses Upon the
Burning of Our House

Nor things recounted done of old.             Thou hast a house on high erect,
No candle e’er shall shine in thee,           Framed by that mighty Architect,
Nor bridegroom’s voice e’er heard shall be.
                                              With glory richly furnished,
In silence ever shall thou lie,
                                              Stands permanent though this be fled.
Adieu, Adieu, all’s vanity.
Then strength I ‘gin my heart to chide,       It’s purchased and paid for too
And did thy wealth on earth abide?            By Him who hath enough to do.
Didst fix thy hope on mold’ring dust?         A price so vast as is unknown
The arm of flesh didst make thy trust?        Yet by his gift is made thine own;
Raise up thy thoughts above the sky           There’s wealth enough, I need no more
That dunghill mists away may fly.
                                              Farewell, my pelf, farewell my store
                                              The world no longer let me love,
                                              My hope and treasure lies above.
…“Here Follow Some Verses…”

   What is Bradstreet’s true conflict in the
…“Here Follow Some Verses…”

   What is Bradstreet’s true conflict in the
    –   Her true conflict is not the fire, but the fact that her
        natural reaction is to mourn the loss of earthly
    –   Poem presents this natural reaction, and then
        Bradstreet’s Puritan reminder that she should not
        value these things.
…“Here Follow Some Verses…”

   What is an aphorism?
…“Here Follow Some Verses…”

   What is an aphorism?
    –   Aphorism = cleverly worded statement about
        life, such as: “The early bird gets the worm”

   Why might people say Bradstreet’s poem
    contains aphorisms? Which lines could be
    considered aphorisms?
(Lines to assign to groups):

   1-6
   7-12
   13-18
   19-24
   25-30
   31-36
   37-42
   43-48
   49-54 (end)

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