Who is Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet (née Dudley; March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672) was the most prominent of early English poets of North America and first writer in England's North American colonies to be published. She is the first Puritan figure in American Literature and notable for her large corpus of poetry, as well as personal writings published posthumously.

Born to a wealthy Puritan family in Northampton, England, Bradstreet was a well-read scholar especially affected by the works of Du Bartas. She was married at sixteen, and her parents and young family migrated at the time of the founding of Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. A mother of eight children and the wife and daughter of public officials in New England, Bradstreet wrote poetry in addition to her other duties. Her early work...
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Anne Bradstreet Poems

  • The Vanity Of All Worldly Things.
    As he said vanity, so vain say I,
    Oh! vanity, O vain all under Sky;
    Where is the man can say, lo, I have found
    On brittle Earth a Consolation sound? ...
  • In Thankful Remembrance For My Dear Husband's Safe Arrival Sept 3, 1662
    What shall I render to Thy name
    Or how Thy praises speak?
    My thanks how shall I testify?
    O Lord, Thou know'st I'm weak. ...
  • A Funeral Elogy
    Ask not why hearts turn Magazines of passions,
    And why that grief is clad in sev'ral fashions;
    Why She on progress goes, and doth not borrow
    The smallest respite from th'extreams of sorrow, ...
  • In Honour Of Du Bartas, 1641.
    Among the happy wits this age hath shown
    Great, dear, sweet Bartas thou art matchless known;
    My ravished Eyes and heart with faltering tongue,
    In humble wise have vow'd their service long, ...
  • To Her Most Honoured Father
    Dear Sir of late delighted with the sight
    Of your four Sisters cloth'd in black and white,
    Of fairer Dames the Sun ne'r saw the face;
    Though made a pedestal for Adams Race; ...
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Heart 34 Mind 30 Long 29 Time 29 Face 28 Great 28 Life 27 Never 24 Return 23 I Love You 23


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Maqsood8864859: authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. anne bradstreet
Gordontredgold: authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge -- fitter to bruise than polish. - anne bradstreet
Ex_rose6: thy love is such i can no way repay; the heavens reward thee manifold, i pray. then while we live, in love let’s so persever,  that when we live no more, we may live ever. -anne bradstreet
Gordontredgold: authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. - anne bradstreet
Gzumm10: “if we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.” –anne bradstreet
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