To My Dear and Loving Husband

Anne Bradstreet (1612 -1672)

Read by Tianqi Dong, 2014, PhD researcher

Anne Bradstreet (born Anne Dudley; March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672) was the most prominent of early English poets of North America and first female writer in the British North American colonies to be published. She was also a prominent Puritan figure in American Literature.

In her poem "To My Dear and Loving Husband," Anne Bradstreet expresses her profound love and undying affection for her husband. Bradstreet makes a point to enlighten her husband of her devotion and longing as opposed to duty, which leaves the question whether or not she reflected the Puritan lifestyle of her time. She conveys this message through figurative language and declarative tone, using imagery, repetition, and paradoxes.


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