When Anne got Older
Anne's Younger Life
By Night When Others Soundly Slept
Anne grew up in Northhampton, England in 1612. The time period she lived in, women hardly received much education. She did not go to school, but instead she had eight tutors. Her dad had tutored her too and he always wanted to teach her something new. Anne always read books from outstanding authors and that improved her reading skills and her knowledge. Her dad gave her great access to a great library in the Manor because he was a steward of the Earl of Lincoln estate. At that library she began to notice and learn from the greatest authors. When she got older, she got married to Simon Bradstreet, who was her father’s assistant.
Bradstreet and her family, consisting of eight children, took a ship called the Arabella to America. The trip was a very difficult journey for everyone because it took three months to get to America with poor living conditions. Many people on that ship died, got sick once they reached America, or got rejected and had to go back to England. After awhile in America of suffering and distress, Anne and her husband built a home for them to live a raise their wonderful children. Later, a fire started in their house burning it to the ground, but because of hard work, effort, and Simon’s social standing in the community, they tried again to live a better life. Simon, her husband, was always traveling to new places because of his job, so Anne kept reading all new books and it somewhat entertained her. She was interested the most in poetry, and then she began to write her own poems. Anne did not want anyone to know about her writing poetry because people in that time period disliked it when women used their intelligent skills and also disapproved when they wrote about their own feelings and opinions. The only people that knew she wrote poems were her family and a few close friends. One day her friend, Anne Hutchinson let the news out to the public and so Anne was banished from her community.
By Night when Others Soundly Slept
By night when others soundly slept
And hath at once both ease and Rest,
My waking eyes were open kept
And so to lie I found it best.
I sought him whom my Soul did Love,
With tears I sought him earnestly.
He bow'd his ear down from Above.
In vain I did not seek or cry.
My hungry Soul he fill'd with Good;
He in his Bottle put my tears,
My smarting wounds washt in his blood,
And banisht thence my Doubts and fears.
What to my Saviour shall I give
Who freely hath done this for me?
I'll serve him here whilst I shall live
And Loue him to Eternity.
During Anne's lifetime, Women did not have the rights that men did. For example: expressing their feelings.
Style of the poem: Monody
Monody: A poem where someone remembers another death.
Monody is the style of the poem because the person is talking about a loved one in heaven looking down at her.
Tone of the poem: Recognition
The person in this poem is with the soul of the person who has passed away.
The theme of the poem: God's guidance
She is thinking of the death of her loving husband who passed away and the spirit is coming back to comfort her.
The mood of the poem: Happiness
The mood is happiness because the person in the poem feels the comfort and warmth of a loved one who passed away.
The topic of the poem: Death and happiness
Those two topics are completely opposites, but it is happy to remember the good times you had with a family member or a close friend who died.
The meaning of this poem is to honor and respect all people who are still living, or dead that were close to you. In the poem, the woman shows great care for her husband.
Personification: Hungry soul and smarting wounds
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