Anne Bradstreet English 11



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Anne Bradstreet

English 11
Answer the following questions using Anne Bradstreet’s poems in the “In the Beginning” packet.
“To My Dear and Loving Husband”

  1. Which line from “To My Dear and Loving Husband” compares love to the ownership of physical wealth and property?



  2. What does the word “ought” in line 8 communicate?



  3. What does that tell us about the Puritans?



  4. The last line of the poem says that they love each other so much that even in heaven they will still be married and in love. How does that contradict the Puritan belief system?


“Verses Upon the Burning of Our House, July 10, 1666”



  1. Is the whole poem reprinted here?


  2. Who is the “mighty Architect”?


  3. What is the difference between the “house on high” and Bradstreet’s house that just burned?


  4. Why does she decide that she doesn’t love the world any longer? Who or what does she love instead?


  5. What does this reveal about Puritan beliefs and values?


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