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					Name:                                                          Anne Bradstreet Poetry: Vocab and Questions

For each word, look at the word as used in context—using this as a clue, write what you think is its meaning;
after you have finished, look up these words in the glossary at the end of the book and write the definition for
any words you got wrong.

Manifold


Persevere


Piteous


Repine


Bereft


Chide


Abide


Mold’ring



Now, answer the following questions about these cool poems:

“To My Dear and Loving Husband”

1. How, basically, does Bradstreet seem to feel about the relationship she and her husband had. What are some
   lines from the text that prove this.



2. What literary device does Bradstreet employ in line 4



3. What does Bradstreet compare to the love of her husband (hint: look at line 5)



4. What sentiment does Bradstreet express about the nature of their love in the final two lines
5. The last two lines rhyme; what is that called



“Upon the Burning of Our House”

1. What is Bradstreet’s first reaction to the burning of the house (8-10)



2. What is her second (13-15)



3. Explain this second reaction



4. When Bradstreet passes by the ruins of her home, what were her immediate sentiments (20-35)



5. Following this reaction, what realization does she come to; provide lines from the poem that support your
   answer



General Bradstreet Questions

1. Assuming Bradstreet was a typical Puritan, what assumptions can we make about Puritan philosophies and
   lifestyles

   a. About marriage and the relations of men and women




   b. about god’s relationship to man




   c. about the meaning or purpose of life




   d. about life in a wilderness

				
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