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Amy Sexton 1/28/09 English 216 TA: Kate Merz Anne Bradstreet, The Prologue Anne Bradstreet’s poem, The Prologue, addresses the role of women and men in society. To be specific, she addresses the role of writing poetry for each gender. The Prologue imagines ‘us’, women, versus ‘them’, men. Bradstreet focuses sneakily on the injustices women faced in that time period. There is an underlying sarcastic tone throughout this poem, and it is evident in her writings. In stanza one, Bradstreet mentions the poet’s role. She even puts herself down, calling her pen “mean”, which means humble or lowly. She is setting the stage for readers, including men. She purposely puts herself down at first, note the underlying sarcastic tone, to attract readers into viewing her work. Bradstreet may have tricked men who believed they were above women into reading her poem by putting herself down. She even calls her lines “dim and obscure” or unclear.
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2009 for the course ENGLISH 217 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at University of Wisconsin.

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