What inspired Anne Bradstreet to write?

What inspired Anne Bradstreet to write?

Bradstreet's poetry is part of the Elizabethan literary tradition, which includes Edmund Spenser and Sir Philip Sidney; she was also heavily influenced by Guillaume du Bartas, a sixteenth-century French poet. Bradstreet was born in 1612 in Southhampton, Massachusetts, the daughter of John Bradstreet, who served as governor of the colony for eight years after his first wife's death in 1630. She married into wealth at age nineteen, when her father-in-law granted her a portion of his estate. The couple had four children.

Bradstreet began writing poems at age thirty-nine. Her husband encouraged her to publish her work, and in 1650 she published "Ten Sonnets" in London under the pseudonym "Ann Bradstreet". The following year, another collection of poems was published under her own name. These early works are religious in nature and include descriptions of God that are similar to those found in Hebrew poetry of the time. In addition, they share similarities with poems written by other women such as Mary Magdalene Dobie and Margaret Louderback.

Bradstreet continued to write more than one hundred poems over the next decade. In addition to religious themes, she also wrote about daily life in colonial America including farming techniques, politics, and slavery. She also wrote about marriage problems and divorce.

What is the shared theme of Bradstreet’s poems?

Bradstreet's poem, written in the mid-1600s while the colonies were forming, includes themes of religion, nature, and family. Despite her assertion that she wrote them with no intention of publishing them, a collection of her poetry was published in 1650. It included works by other writers as well as poems by Bradstreet.

In addition to being a poet, Bradstreet was also a maid of honor and later a widow when her husband died in a shipwreck. These roles involved her traveling around the colony meeting others who were important to King Charles I, especially men who could help advance his interests. She learned about these men through their letters sent home and recorded these letters in her book.

Bradstreet used her position to get information about people who might help the colony, but also told stories about herself and others. For example, one of her poems describes a woman who was jealous of another's beauty so she had him arrested on false charges. When he was taken away, the jealous woman then confessed that he was not guilty and begged for his life. The man was released and his friends helped him find another job. This story showed that even though women were not allowed to own property in England at this time, they could still help someone else if they wanted to.

Another theme in Bradstreet's work is love.

Why do you think Anne Bradstreet did not want her writings published?

Bradstreet had a lot of ambition. Perhaps the explanation lies in the propaganda effort started by Bradstreet and her family following the publication of her work, The Tenth Muse, in England in 1650. According to Bradstreet, she was so afraid of celebrity that she refused to have her poetry published. However, there is evidence that she may have been persuaded to change her mind. In any case, she eventually agreed to publish her works, but only if she could determine the price per copy.

It is possible that Bradstreet wanted to avoid competition with other writers. After all, she was not the only poet in the family. Also, it is known that Anne's brother John was involved in starting several newspapers during this time period. It is even believed that he hired someone to write some poems for publicity purposes!

Perhaps Bradstreet did not want her work to be judged solely on its artistic merits. During this time period, literary talent was often used as a tool by politicians to influence others. Some historians believe that Bradstreet wanted to use her fame to help achieve political goals. For example, she might have wanted to influence public opinion by writing about important issues such as the colony's relationship with Britain or religion.

Finally, it is possible that Bradstreet was simply trying to make money. Many poets of this time were not just talented artists, they were also businessmen who owned printing presses or bookstores.

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Colleen Tuite

Colleen Tuite is a professional editor and writer. She loves books, movies, and all things literary. She graduated from Boston College summa cum laude where she studied English with Creative Writing Concentration.

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