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 Read the poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet.
 Evaluate the literary elements of the text and explain how the elements cited
 create theme in the text. Support your answer with details and evidence from the
 text. (LA.E10.10.03a)



SCORE POINT 4 [HSA= 3]

 The student asserts that the theme of the poem is love and effectively supports this
 assertion with specific expressed information [her husband’s love is prized “more
 than whole mines of gold”] and implied information [if ever a couple was the most
 devoted to each other, it would be her and her husband]. He cites well-chosen
 examples of such literary elements as hyperbole and rhyme, clearly demonstrating
 how these elements support the theme with statements such as, “The rhyme used
 throughout the poem gives the reader a sense of a romantic song-like poem.” The
 response extends meaning beyond the literal, pointing out that the hyperbole
 “exaggerates the speaker’s devotion to her husband and better portrays her love for
 him.”


In “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet the use of literary elements
creates the theme of “love”. One element used is hyperbole. The speaker in the poem
says her husband’s love is prized “more than whole mines of gold.” This exaggerates the
speaker’s devotion to her husband and better portrays her love for him. Another literary
device used is rhyme. The rhyme used throughout the poem gives the reader a sense of a
romantic song-like poem. Repitition is another literary element that is used to begin the
poem. The first three lines of the poem are started out with the words “If ever.” These
three statements help to tell the reader that if ever a couple was the most devoted to each
other, it would be her and her husband. The literary elements throughout the poem that
create a feeling of romanticism, bring across Bradstreet’s theme of “love.”



SCORE POINT 3 [HSA= 3]

  The student specifies a theme [love] that reflects an understanding of the text,
  quoting specific lines from the poem to support her interpretation. Statements
  such as “Meaning that the two characters love one another and if two people
  love one another then they should be together as we” clarify and extend
  understanding beyond the literal.
        This poem has characterization and imagery. The elements cited create the theme
of love in the text “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet. It says that
“if ever two were one, then surely we.” Meaning that the two characters love one another
and if two people love one another then they should be together as we. “Thy love is such
I can no way repay” gives the image that she cares so much for him she can tell him how
she really feels. So therefore the elements create theme in this text.




SCORE POINT 2 [HSA= 2]


 The theme of the poem is not clearly identified, indicating only a partial
 understanding of the question. There is not enough supporting information to
 make it clear that the student understands the poem beyond the literal level.
 While the student refers to specific lines [5,6] and literary elements [rhyme] in
 the poem, he/she does not explain how they create the theme.


         “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet is a love poetry which
describes the woman’s love to her husband. For her the love is the most beautiful thing
in life, more beautiful than riches (line 5, 6) or anything else.
Always the first and the second, the third and the fourth line have a rhyme in it. (Always
one line and the following...), except of the last two lines (line 11, 12: “Preserve” and
eve”).




SCORE POINT 1 [HSA= 1]

 This response shows that the student has read the poem, and some meaning
 has been derived from the text. While the student refers to literary elements
 in the poem, the response demonstrates a misreading of the poem, concluding
 that the theme involves the search for a rich husband.

        The poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” was kind of confusing. I think it
was about looking for a rich husband “mines of gold”. The poem was rhyming pretty well
“east doth hold”. The elements cited create theme all over this poem. It is kind of like
Shakespeare the way the words are backwards.




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SCORE POINT 0 [HSA= 0]

 This response shows that the student has read the poem, but no meaning has
 been derived from the text. While the student refers to literary elements in
 the poem, he does not explain how they create the theme.



       The poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband.” was kind of confusing. The poem
was rhyming pretty well. This is hard. The elements cited create theme all over this
poem. It is kind of like Shakespeare the way the words are backwards. I am done my
response please make it easier next time.




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