human love, she seems to be saying, is a kind of salvation, one so fulfilling here on earth that she hopes it is a glimpse of the hereafter where it will live forever (That when we live no more, we may live ever.). Hutchinsons biblical exegesis and spiritual advice had grown so popular that the crowds had swelled to include one-fifth of Bostons population. Image: Anne Bradstreet, author unknown; Wikimedia Commons. In 1650, fewer than 15 years later, Anne Bradstreet became the first colonial settler and first woman to ever publish a book of poetry in England. Her husband is as loved by her as she is by him. Anne Bradstreet (1612-1678) was the first person in America, male or female, to have a volume of poems published. Bradstreets poem speaks obliquely to the competing beliefs on how to conduct ones life on earth given the contradictory nature of Puritanism: even though God had predetermined, or elected, those who would attain salvation, one still had to conduct ones life on earth.
Many historians think Hutchinsons real crime was to expound publicly on sacred texts, breaking limits that bounded female speech and threatened male authority. Contemplations, was not published until the middle of the nineteenth century. According to one of her biographers, Charlotte Gordon, her words would catch fire and she would become the voice of an era and of a new century. Counted among them were many men who were political opponents of the current governor, John Winthrop, the lead prosecutor. Anne Bradstreets touching poem to her husband. This shows that she feels so loved by her husband that she doesnt believe she could ever make him feel as loved as he has made her feel. The final couplet completes the poems theological argument by claiming that it is possible to realize, rather than transcend, duality through achieving a balance between earthly and heavenly love. In 1644, the family moved to Andover, Massachusetts, where Bradstreet lived until her death in 1672. This is shown in the last two lines. Writes: The union of the lovers in eternity is the outcome of their earthly love. Unlike Hutchinsons speeches, Bradstreets poetry shattered 17th-century attitudes toward women, and both she and.