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The Works of Anne Bradstreet (John Harvard Library) Paperback – September 15, 1981
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Jeannine Hensley is former Assistant Professor of English at Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.
Adrienne Rich is one of America’s most distinguished poets. Her work has been translated into many languages, and she has received numerous awards, including the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award, the Bollingen Prize in American Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Book Award.
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Bradstreet's poetry and prose are accessible to anyone. That is, her poetry is easy to read and understand. I encourage people interested in Bradstreet's life and the life of people during the early times of American history to read her collection of work. Then, I encourage the reader to judge for themselves how much we should consider Bradstreet to be considered only as a Puritan author. In the poems where she address her husband and children, she is circumventing the traditional Puritan belief that love and marriage end after death. Bradstreet also had to fight the male critics and authorities during her time, and her poetry reflects this conflict. For example, she degrades her own work in comparison to male poets, but by doing so, Bradstreet is masking her true intentions by flattering the very people she is insulting. This further proves her skills as a female poet writing in a Puritan time period.
My goal is to read all of Bradstreet's poetry and prose from beginning to end. I think Bradstreet is under represented in schools, but I hope books like this bring her back to the forefront of early American Literature. I encourage people to buy this book, read her words, and try to imagine writing in such a dangerous time period. Bradstreet captures the fear and danger of living on the New Frontier, and the conflict each person would have faced between their faith in God and the reality they experienced. I hope others will enjoy Bradstreet's poetry as much as I did.