Verses Upon The Burning Of Our House Analysis

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Edwards vs Bradstreet “The flame consume my dwelling place. / And when I could no longer look, / I blest His name that gave and took” (Bradstreet 69). In “Verses upon the Burning of Our House” and in “from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” the pieces include the observing of God’s hand in daily life in the midst of sin or challenge. Anne Bradstreet wrote “Verses upon the Building of Our House” in the Massachusetts Bay Colony corresponding to the event of her house burning that occurred on July 10, 1666 (“Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)” 68). She immigrated to the Americas from England as a child in the time when belief in Puritanism was overcoming the East coast (“Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)” 68). Leaving England, her family hoped to escape religious oppression and find opportunities to worship freely (“Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)” 68). It is the story of how the burning of her house led her to look heavenward and place her hope in the blessings of the eternities to come (Bradstreet 69-70). On the other hand, “from Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” is an…show more content…
One is emotional, personal, and able to reach the heart, while the other is straightforward, serious, and scolding. Anne Bradstreet’s use of pathos is better capable of impacting others and is more effective in its objective. Her poem is soft spoken, calm, and peaceful capturing the reader’s emotions in a considerate way. Viewers can easily make a connection to the experience and imagine themselves in the shoes she is in. Finally, Bradstreet looks in a bird’s eye view of life that broadens the outlook of her story compared to Edwards’ that focuses on the very second. Both of these pieces impact others through the message they contain of love, obedience, and joy in the eternities to come if one places trust in
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