Bradstreet's poetics belong to the Elizabethan literary tradition that includes and ; she was also strongly influenced by the sixteenth century French poet Guillaume du Bartas. This quotation is important because Bradstreet is pointing out that she does not feel as though she is one individual person. She lived in a harsh religious world where it was looked down upon for women to be courageous and smart. There is no way she can ever repay him for his love. This poem is clearly letting the reader know how madly in love the wife is with her husband and so much that their love will live on past them. This suggests a kind of fluidity of time that brings us from the past, to the eternal future, and back again.
Then while we live, in love let's so persever, That when we live no more we may live ever. In lines 1-40, Bradstreet sets up an image of a mother bird and her nest filled with babies: four girls and four boys, representative of a human mother and her children. My love is such that rivers can not quench,. The last two lines like the concluding couplet of a sonnet summarize, clarify and resolve the poem. Love promotes a feeling of connection with a certain person as if becoming one. Puritans based their beliefs off the idea that God was morally right and supreme above all others. With this poem she acknowledges her role as a woman in society even if she doesn't agree with it.
. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can. The poet wishes of the union to continue after death even though Christians then and now believe that earthly unions dissolve at death. My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee give recompense. She wants to say more but cannot; her mind is too oppressed to utter a long tale.
I can and do remember those days, as well myself…. This poem was actually not published until almost 40 years after she died. I prize thy love more than whole Mines of gold Or all the riches that the East doth hold. The poem begins with Bradstreet describing herself and her husband as one being. If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. Marriage: The title of the poem, To My Dear and Loving Husband, describes one the themes of poem i. Her poems were first published in 1650 by her brother-in-law, supposedly without her knowledge, under the title The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America, Bradstreet was paid a tribute by John Berryman, in 1956, in his poem Homage to Mistress Bradstreet.
The poem is two lines short of a sonnet. Thy love is such I can no way repay. If we consider the Puritan society in which Bradstreet lived, it can shed a new light upon the meaning of the poem. These rhymed pairs of iambic pentameter lines are called couplets. She challenges him to compare her with any other woman and see that she herself is happiest of all women because she is married to him. Force is keeping her apart from her husband.
No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed. Thy love is such I can no way repay; The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray. Love is a sensation that magically generates when Mr. Bradstreet views earthly love as a sign of spiritual union and salvation, rather than as something profane or lowly. Thy love is such I can no way repay; The heavens reward thee manifold, I pray. You might also enjoy our.
She shows gratitude to her husband for such a love that she cannot repay. I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold, Or all the riches that the East doth hold. In this poem, the couplets reinforce the theme of love between two people. The Gospel of Mark, which all puritans would be familiar with calls man to. Marriage was a central relationship in Puritan society.
Bradstreet speaks as herself in this poem. This shows that she values the human feeling of love in connection and commitment with another person far more than she could ever value any amount of material wealth. Both writers take a caring tone towards their readers, which creates a sense of innocence and dependency. They are not equal in any way and he has a great amount of power over her. Over and over again she expresses her adoration for him with imagery. ~Josh Posted on 2010-08-30 by a guest. The of this poem is simple without complex connotations.