Anne Bradstreet Puritans

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Puritans, according to William Lloyd Cohen believed that: “Before the beginning was God, and in the Puritan imagining of time and fate. His will dictates the history of all creation(pg.79)”. Puritans believed that they should accept whatever life throws at them because it is God’s will. Anne Bradstreet, who was also a Puritan by heart, can be seen as one of the most influential female writers from the seventeenth century. Anne Bradstreet lost her three grandchildren within four years. For each of them she wrote an elegy: “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth, Who Deceased August, 1665, Being a Year and a Half Old”, “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Anne Bradstreet Who Deceased June 20, 1669, Being Three Years and Seven Months Old and “On my Dear Grandchild Simon Bradstreet, Who Died on 16 November, 1669, Being But a Month, and One day Old. The theme was so close to Anne Bradstreet heart that both her human tears as her love for God can be felt through the speaker’s voice. And although, the speaker in the three elegies knows she should adhere to the will of God by accepting the deaths of her grandchildren, the poems suggest that it is increasingly difficult for her to do so. In the first three lines of “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet” by Anne Bradstreet the speaker says her goodbyes. This is done by comparing the grandchild Elizabeth to loving and dear things, such as “the pleasure of mine eye” (l.2) . Such loving descriptions as the one
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