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Anne Bradstreet Poem

  • Date Submitted: 10/18/2012 03:11 PM
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Anne Bradstreet’s poem, “To my Dear and Loving Husband” illustrates Anne and her husband’s endless love for each other. She usually compares their love to riches before switching to heavenward sense. There are multiple love songs that could illustrate this point, but I believe “Us against the World” by the Britrock band, Coldplay. In the third stanza of the poem she says “If ever wife was happy in amen, compare with me, ye women, if you can.” Coldplay expresses the same idea by saying “Like a river to a rain drop, I’d lose a friend” Comparing love to a river, and feeling like losing a part of you, even if it feels small. In the last two lines of the poem, Mrs. Bradstreet expresses the idea “That while we live, in love let’s so preserver, that when we live no more, we may live ever.” I found this similar to the last 3 lines of the Coldplay song. “And if we could float away, fly up to the surface and start again, lift off before trouble just erodes in the rain”, similar language of going up to a place to live where troubles of life here will worry them no more.

As well, in Mrs. Bradstreet’s poem, “Some verses upon the burning of our house”, she brings out
a time of distress in her life, but brings out points about owing everything to her Creator, but sometimes falling into self-pity. Coldplay expresses similar feelings once again in their song “Don’t let it break your Heart”, from their recent album Mylo Xyloto. Anne describes some of her belongings “There lay that store I counted best: My pleasant things in as he’s lye and them behold no more shall I.” She expresses her loss of her things, and her sadness over it. Coldplay expresses the same idea of loss at the very beginning of their song “And if I lost the map, if I lost it all, or fell into the trap”, showing how you lose things, and how you fall into this trap of frustration, and how it can mess you up. Anne once again relates back to the idea of loss “Didst fix thy hope on moldering dust, the arm of flesh...


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