Anne Bradstreet Research Paper

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Anne Bradstreet In this paper I will discuss Anne Bradstreet and the many challenges she faced being a Puritan female poet of the 17th century. I will discuss the following what it means for her to be a female poet in her Puritan society, what personal problems and anxieties she must work through during this time, and was her work sincere or did she have a shrewd strategy to her behind her writings. What does it mean for her to be a female poet in her Puritan society? The best way to answer the question is to simply know how the Puritans felt about females writing poetry during the 16th century. Men were highly looked upon during this time and women were considered to be beneath them. It was really considered to almost be a crime for women…show more content…
In her poem The Author to Her Book she basically criticized herself and compared her book to that of a child that she was trying to prepare for the world and help ‘them’ be prepared for criticism. At first she doesn’t feel the book should be published because it has too many flaws and not written well enough for the public to see it. She wants to throw it away and not publish it at all but instead decides to just revise it and give it another chance even though there still maybe some talk about it not being good she feels her revision of it will make it a little better than the first. In one line she speaks on how the book should let people know that it was not written be a man, she says, “In critic’s hands beware thou dost not come, And take thy way where yet thou art not known; If for thy father asked, say thou hadst none; And for thy mother, she alas is poor, Which caused her thus to send thee out of door.” (Bradstreet

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