Discussion Sheet-Anne Bradstreet

Discussion Sheet-Anne Bradstreet - She speaks of heaven and...

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Libby Walters ENGL 235-02 Anne Bradstreet Discussion Sheet 2/21/08 1. Name of poet: Anne Bradstreet 2. Name of Poem: “Upon the Burning of Our House, July 10 th , 1666” 3. Thesis or central argument of poem: The thesis of this poem is that a person should not place great importance on or mourn for material objects, because he or she will have all of the wealth and happiness that he or she could ever need in heaven. 4. Give an example of a motif in this piece: The house and all of the things inside of it that were destroyed. 5. Quote a line or phrase that exemplifies the motif: “My pleasant things in ashes lie,/And them behold no more shall I” (409, 27-8). 6. Give an example of figurative language, a trope, or imagery that arises from this piece:
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Unformatted text preview: She speaks of heaven and God as being a house and an architect, respectively. 7. Quote a line or phrase that uses the imagery or figurative language: Thou hast an house on high erect,/Framed by that mighty Architect,/With glory richly furnished (410, 43-5). 8. Explain the cultural, social, or aesthetic significance of the trope, imagery, or motif that arose for you: I found it interesting that Bradstreet was able to suppress her sorrow at the loss of her house and instead turn towards God. This is not something that many modern people would be able to, or even think to do....
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course ENGL 235 taught by Professor Skinner during the Spring '08 term at Millersville.

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