If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee. Her refusal to elaborate or poeticize each statement dramatizes the main theme that love is untranslatable. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me ye women if you can. The poem offers modern readers insights into puritan attitudes toward love, marriage and God. We can imagine a woman sitting before a fireplace along with her husband. Bradstreet's poetics belong to the Elizabethan literary tradition that includes and ; she was also strongly influenced by the sixteenth century French poet Guillaume du Bartas.
This technique not only elevates the earthly love she has for her husband to that of a divine calling, but also expresses a deeper understanding of our duties on Earth as Christians and gives a fuller understanding of what God is calling us to do. In addition, she emphasizes the thought of repaying. Bradstreet makes a point to enlighten her husband of her devotion and longing as opposed to duty, which leaves the question whether or not she reflected the Puritan lifestyle of her time. I believe this poem was truly written to her husband Simon. She describes her love as thirst by writing that Rivers cannot quench her yearning. The speaker is Bradstreet herself, who is a married woman and loves her husband very much. This is what Bradstreet is speaking.
In this poem, Bradstreet delivers a tone that is soft and. The poem is written in the common iambic pentameter lines. No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed. The of this poem is simple without complex connotations. In a society where the majority of marriages fail, scandal runs rampant, and divorce is almost expected, this poem by is like a breath of fresh air. She challenges him to compare her with any other woman and see that she herself is happiest of all women because she is married to him.
The diphthong air as in care becomes monophthong eh as in pen , but long. My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Nor ought but love from thee give recompense. Just a couple thoughts on context. The poet, subtly referring to the Bible, describes love in the first few verses. At this time of year when we give thanks, it seems only fitting to share a poem about a woman who feels as thankful for her husband as I am for mine. Sometimes people feel such a powerful connection to one another that they feel like they are one person. Someone else noted the loneliness in the poem.
Because Bradstreet came from a prominent family, she was very well educated, which was an uncommon attribute for a woman of her time. The diphthong ere as in here sounds as pure ee as in see , so that here turns into he. Right appears or love can be expressed by saying nothing because they already know how exactly they feel for each other. However, Puritans were not supposed to place all of their efforts in the relationship on Earth, but rather, to glorify God through their union. This line thus echoes that puritan sentiment. Her love for him, too, can never be exhausted.
Selected Bibliography Poetry Several Poems Compiled with Great Wit and Learning 1678 The Tenth Muse, Lately Sprung Up in America 1650 If ever two were one, then surely we. The opening lines of the poem show how strong her feelings are for her husband. There Bradstreet and her husband raised eight children, and she became one of the first poets to write English verse in the American colonies. Thy love is such I can no way repay. Force is keeping her apart from her husband. Lines 3-4 If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. She shows gratitude to her husband for such a love that she cannot repay.
And one of the first questions that come to my mind is if Bradstreet was trying to make a point for all wives to be that way or she felt insecure about her own self. This demonstrates that the speaker worth the human sensation of affection in association and obligation with another person more than she may possibly value any expanse of substantial wealth. Death: Death is undeniable fact of life. She depicts her affection and true love for her husband by claiming that if any two people in their marriage life are ever united together as if they are one person, assuredly she and her husband are the best examples. Love does not repay one another, it appreciates and gives because it wants to. They can strive to live the good life together so that, someday, that can live together in Heaven.
If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can. She and her husband share a deep, spiritual unity. In this poem, the couplets reinforce the theme of love between two people. Further, the symmetrical structure of the meter gives the poem a steady sound, echoing the consistent, lasting quality of the romantic love that the poem describes. It was a nascent civilisation still developing. She states that there is no other woman in the world who is as happy with her husband as she is.