Anne Bradstreet Day 2020 is on Wednesday, September 16, 2020: If I were Anne Bradstreet.?
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 is Anne Bradstreet Day 2020. Annebradstreet.jpg Anne Bradstreet
Anne Bradstreet was a Puritan, so it is possible that she would be shocked by the lack of religion in the modern world, the revealing clothing worn by women etc.
She realised that some people didn't approve of women writers, since she wrote "I am obnoxious to each carping tongue, who says my hand a needle better fits." She would probably be pleased to find that there are more women writers nowadays, and that nobody thinks it wrong for a woman to write books. But she might be shocked by the contents of some of the books written by women.
As a New England housewife she would have had to work extremely hard, a lot of her time would be taken up by things like cooking and preserving food, brewing ale, making butter and cheese, making candles, concoting home remedies, spinning and weaving, all very demanding tasks performed by women in those days, and she might be pleased to see that women nowadays ahve many labour-saving devices,and that the things that used to be made by hand in her day can now be bought. She might really appreciate things like being able to have a warm house without chopping wood, making up fires etc, or being able to turn on a tap and have hot water,or even cold water come to that, rather than having to haul up buckets from a well. On the other hand, she might find it a source of regret that few people nowadays have the many complex skills that women were expected to have in her day. We lack almost entirely the important survivial skills that the women of her time had, and she might actually be a little scornful of the comparative helplessness of modern people when it comes to being able to provide for themselves.
Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley. Poetry help?
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Anne Bradstreet was a wealthy white woman., the daughter of one governor and the wife of the next governor of Massachusetts. She was pampered in her life and station, and lived to the age of 60, She was the first published poet in America. She had 8 children who lived, a sign of wealth in those days, and many famous descendants, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes and Justice David Souter.
Anne Bradstreet was a classic religious poet, and also a very modern poet with astute imagist poetry of her daily life and the activities around her. John Berryman's "Homage to Mistress Bradstreet" is a great testimony to her poetic skills.
Phillis Wheatley was the first published Black Woman Poet in America. She was enslaved at the age of 7, captured in Senegal, and sold in Boston as a slave to Mrs. John Wheatley, her Master. She was allowed her to learn reading and writing, latin and greek, and classical poetry and was not forced to work as her poetry became known. She met George Washington, and read poetry in London. She was sponsored by a group of wealthy white women in Boston.
She was emancipated in 1775 upon the death of her Master, Mrs. Wheatley. The group of women then abandoned her, and she married a black grocer. She had 2 children who died very young, and she herself died at age 31, from a combination of childbirth and starvation. Her last child died 3 hours after she did.
She wrote classical poetry with many christian allusions and Pilgrim Motifs, subjects suitable for the Master and owner class. It is notable that most of her poems were lost, but that she still lives as a literate and wonderful poet of her times.
Both of these women are worth reading and contemplating, and my heart often wonders what greatness we would have gotten had Phillis Wheatley been free.
In 'Upon the Burning of our House" What is Anne Bradstreet's style of writing conveing about her attitude
Anne Bradstreet was strong and had faith during and after the incident. Although the house burns down, she acknowledges that only material things are lost, and nothing of true special importance is gone; she still had faith. All of her belongings were scorched, yet Bradstreet turned to God for assistance in her earthly distress. She awoke as though she was prepared for the fire, perhaps resembling Judgement Day. The house burned down, but her faith did not; this was merely an obstacle between her and God.