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Prologue , The Analysis



Author: Poetry of Anne Bradstreet Type: Poetry Views: 1594





To sing of wars, of captains, and of kings,

Of cities founded, commonwealths begun,

For my mean pen are too superior things:

Or how they all, or each, their dates have run;

Let poets and historians set these forth,

My obscure lines shall not so dim their work.



But when my wondering eyes and envious heart

Great Bartas' sugared lines do but read o'er,

Fool I do grudge the Muses did not part

'Twixt him and me that overfluent store;--

A Bartas can do what a Bartas will,

But simple I according to my skill.



From school-boys tongues no rhetoric we expect,

Nor yet a sweet consort from broken strings,

Nor perfect beauty where's a main defect:

My foolish, broken, blemished Muse so sings;

And this to mend, alas, no art is able,

'Cause nature made is so, irreparable.



Nor can I, like that fluent, sweet-tongued Greek

Who lisped at first, in future times speak plain;

By art he gladly found what he did seek--

A full requitl of his striving pain.

Art can do much, but this maxim's most sure:

A weak or wounded brain admits no cure.



I am obnoxious to each carping tongue

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,

If what I do prove well, it won't advance--

They'll say it was stolen, or else it was by chance.



But shure the ancient Greeks were far more mild,

Else of our sex why feignéd they those Nine,

And Posey made Calliope's own child?

So 'mongst the rest they placed the Arts Divine.

But this weak knot they will full soon untie--

The Greeks did naught but play the fools and lie.



Let Greeks be Greeks, and women what they are.

Men have precenency, and still excell.

It is but vain unjustly to wage war,

Men can do best, and women know it well.

Preëminence in all and each is yours--

Yet grant some small acknowledgement of ours.



And oh, ye high flownquills that soar the skies,

And ever with your prey still catch your praise,

If e'er you deign these lowly lines your eyes,

Give thyme or parsley wreath; I ask no bays.

This mean and unrefinéd ore of mine

Will make your glistening gold but more to shine.





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Anne Bradstreet is well aware of what society expects out of her, she also is fully aware of the "Puritain-like" way that she should behave, however the desire to write great works like her male counter parts appeared to be a constant battle for her.

| Posted on 2014-01-13 | by a guest


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it has an ironic aspect.She accepts women\'s incapability to write any poem while she tries to raise her voice to make society aware of women\'s rights

| Posted on 2012-07-14 | by a guest


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she is being humble of showing her talent in writing poetry and pretend inferiority to gain acceptability of men by flattering them.
she clarifies one of the characteristics of the puritan society which is how the society sees and treats women as house wives and baby sitters not as humans with a capability of having talents and smartness.

| Posted on 2012-06-25 | by a guest


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she feels that women have been perceived to have no means to create beautiful literature and if she did it was luck. She knows she won't be as good as the men but she wants to prove herself

| Posted on 2009-10-29 | by a guest


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i think this poetry express the struggle between women and their purely Puritan society. It is that society that margenalizing the role of woman, it is a patriacan society. By her poetry, Bradstreet wants to defend the role of women.women can do write poetry like men do. they are not foolish, they think and have their own identity.So,the basic theme in this poem is the search for identity, to find yourself in the American x May 2009

| Posted on 2009-05-19 | by a guest


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• Her poetry is not good enough to talk about war or kings.
• She can only write poetry at her meager level.
• It would be impossible for good poetry to come from her.
• There is no way for her to get better at writing poetry.
• Because she is a woman her work would not be appreciated.
• Women should be treated like the Greeks treated them, because the Greeks were prosperous.
• This is not likely to happen, but men should still grant women some acknowledgment.
• Her poetry can only validate men’s seniority, so acknowledge it.
By writing about her faults and defending woman, she was able to create great poetry.

| Posted on 2009-03-31 | by a guest


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• Her poetry is not good enough to talk about war or kings.
• She can only write poetry at her meager level.
• It would be impossible for good poetry to come from her.
• There is no way for her to get better at writing poetry.
• Because she is a woman her work would not be appreciated.
• Women should be treated like the Greeks treated them, because the Greeks were prosperous.
• This is not likely to happen, but men should still grant women some acknowledgment.
• Her poetry can only validate men’s seniority, so acknowledge it.
By writing about her faults and defending woman, she was able to create great poetry.

| Posted on 2009-03-31 | by a guest


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She feels that people think women should be knitting rather than writing poetry and if her work does get published, people will say its not hers because she's a woman and isnt capable, but she knows different

| Posted on 2008-09-05 | by a guest




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