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Anne Bradstreet, the first true poet in the American colonies, wrote at a time and in a place where any literary creation was rare and difficult and that of a woman more unusual still. Born in England and brought up in the household of the Earl of Lincoln where her father, Thomas Dudley, was steward, Anne Bradstreet sailed to Massachusetts Bay in 1630, shortly after her marriage at sixteen to Simon Bradstreet. For the next forty years she lived in the New England wilderness, raising a family of eight, combating sickness and hardship, and writing the verse that made her, as the poet Adrienne Rich says in her Foreword to this edition, "the first non-didactic American poet, the first to give an embodiment to American nature, the first in whom personal intention appears to precede Puritan dogma as an impulse to verse."

All Anne Bradstreet's extant poetry and prose is published here with modernized spelling and punctuation. This volume reproduces the second edition of Several Poems, brought out in Boston in 1678, as well as the contents of a manuscript first printed in 1857. Adrienne Rich's Foreword offers a sensitive and illuminating critique of Anne Bradstreet both as a person and as a writer, and the Introduction, scholarly notes, and appendices by Jeannine Hensley make this an authoritative edition.

Adrienne Rich observes, "Intellectual intensity among women gave cause for uneasiness" at this period--a fact borne out by the lines in the Prologue to the early poems: "I am obnoxious to each carping tongue/ Who says my hand a needle better fits." The broad scope of Anne Bradstreet's own learning and reading is most evident in the literary and historical allusions of The Tenth Muse, the first edition of her poems, published in London in 1650. Her later verse and her prose meditations strike a more personal note, however, and reveal both a passionate religious sense and a depth of feeling for her husband, her children, the fears and disappointments she constantly faced, and the consoling power of nature. Imbued with a Puritan striving to turn all events to the glory of God, these writings bear the mark of a woman of strong spirit, charm, delicacy, and wit: in their intimate and meditative quality Anne Bradstreet is established as a poet of sensibility and permanent stature.

About the Author

Jeannine Hensleyis former Assistant Professor of English at <>Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts.Adrienne Rich's poetry has been published in three collections: The Diamond Cutters, Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law, and Necessities of Life. She was the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1951 and received an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1961.

Table of Contents

Anne Bradstreet and Her Poetry
By Adrienne Rich

Anne Bradstreet's Wreath of Thyme
By Jeannine Hensley

A Note on the Text

PART 1: POEMS PRINTED IN THE FIRST TWO EDITIONS

1. Epistle to the Reader by John Woodbridge

2. Introductory Verses by Nathaniel Ward, John Rogers, and Others

3. To Her Most Honoured Father by A.B.

4. The Four Elements

5. Of the Four Humours

6. Of the Four Ages

7. The Four Seasons

8. The Four Monarchies

The Assyrian Being the First
The Second Monarchy, Being the Persian
The Third Monarchy, Being the Grecian
After Some Days Rest
The Roman Monarchy, Being the Forth
An Apology

9. A Dialogue Between Old England and New

10.An Elegy Upon Sir Philip Sidney

11. In Honour Of Du Bartas

12. In Honour Of Queen Elizabeth

13. David's Lamentation

14. The Memory of Thomas Dudley Esq.

15. An Epitaph on Mrs. Dorothy Dudley

16. Contemplation

17. The Flesh and the Spirit

18. The Vanity of all Worldly Things

19. The Author to Her Book

PART 2: POEMS INSERTED POSTHUMOUSLY IN THE 1678 EDITION

20. Upon a Fit of Sickness

21. Upon Some Distemper Of Body

22. Before the Birth Of one of Her Children

23. To My Dear and Loving Husband

24. A Letter to Her Husband

25. Another

26. Another

27. To Her Father with Some Verses

28. In Reference to Her Children

29. In Memory of Elizabeth Bradstreet

30. In Memory of Anne Bradstreet

31. On Simon Bradstreet

32. In Memory of Mrs. Mercy Bradstreet

PART 3: THE ANDOVER MANUSCRIPTS, FIRST PRINTED 1867

33. To My Dear Children

34. My Dear Children

35. Occasional Meditation

By Night when Others Soundly Slept
For Deliverance From a Fever
From Another Sore Fit
Deliverance From a Fit of Fainting
Meditation
July 8, 1656
August 28, 1656
May11, 1657
May 13, 1657
September 30, 1657

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674959996
Editor:
Hensley, Jeannine
Author:
Hensley, Jeannie
Editor:
Hensley, Jeannine
Author:
Hensley, Jeannine
Author:
Bradstreet, Anne
Author:
Rich, Adrienne
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Single Author *
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Poetry (poetic works by one author)
Subject:
Bradstreet, Anne
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
John Harvard Library
Series Volume:
nr. 134
Publication Date:
January 2007
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.375 in .81 lb

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