-Most poems were written for her family and show her commitment to Puritan life.
-Early poetry imitated the style of English poets, but later poetry was considered warm and natural relating her experiences as a wife, mother and woman in 17th century New England.
“Upon the Burning of our House” – Bradstreet comes to terms with the loss of her home and her possessions in a fire.
Inversion – transition of word order to force rhyme and rhythm in the poem. Also serves to emphasize certain words and concepts.
Metaphor – a figure of speech that is a comparison between two unlike things. Example: “the mighty Architect” is a metaphor for God.
Extended Metaphor – a metaphor that goes beyond one line in a work of poetry.
Speaker or Point of View – The speaker is the voice of the poem, similar to the narrator in a work of literature. Sometimes the speaker’s voice is that of the poet; sometimes it is that of a fictional person or even a thing.
Question: How does the structure of lines 27 through 40 suggest that the speaker is presenting a dialog or debate with herself? What is the inner conflict that is represented by the fire?
“To my Dear and Loving Husband” – Bradstreet expresses her devotion to her husband and uses her faith in God to identify the rewards her husband will receive for his love for his wife.