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“The New England Primer” Included instruction on the alphabet, scriptures, and moral values Fulfilled the purposed of education in New England, where Puritan colonists stressed literacy as conducive to scriptural study For about 50 years, this booklet was the only elementary textbook in America and it held a central place in primary education for more than a century after that Anne Bradstreet “The Prologue” Depicts Bradstreet’s opinion on the role women played in a male ridden society during the 17 th century Reveals her feelings about being one of the first female writers during a time where they were scarce Talks about the way society viewed women in the public eye The anger of Bradstreet is displayed in the 5 th stanza “who says my hand a needle better fits, a poet’s pen all scorn I should thus wrong, for such despite they cast on female wits
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Unformatted text preview: • Bradstreet anticipate the skepticism of her audience and skillfully forestalls it by using satire to both prove her poetic skill and to consol a threatened male audience • Bradstreet is careful to tread lightly at first so as not to offend her audience too soon • Sets up reader for the more direct praise of women that is to come later • In the second stanza, she acknowledges her limit capacity in comparison to the male poet Bartas • In the 3 rd and 4 th stanzas she does implicate her gender as having something to do with her inability • Testament to bother her rhetorical skill as a writer and her advancement of women’s literature “Contemplations” “The flesh and the spirit” • Puritans experienced a constant internal struggle between two aspects on the puritan self: the sinful, wicked side and the redeemed, saved side...
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