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Ann Bradstreet • Edward Taylor • Mary Rowlandson. A Comparative View. Bradstreet 1612-1672 "Burning Of Our House ” 1666. variations in rhythm, syntax, end-rhyme to signify rhetorical effect or emphasis

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bradstreet 1612 1672 burning of our house 1666
Bradstreet 1612-1672"Burning Of Our House” 1666
  • variations in rhythm, syntax, end-rhyme to signify rhetorical effect or emphasis
  • metaphysical conceits (as opposed to a Petrarchan conceit): A conceit is a figure of speech which makes an unusual and sometimes elaborately sustained comparison between two dissimilar things.
  • A metaphysical conceit draws upon a wide range of knowledge, from the commonplace to the esoteric, and its comparisons are elaborately rationalized.
  • irony
  • the use of the maternal domestic role as a source of authority
  • self-exploration through historic and mythic heroines
  • the use of irony to allow her to say what could not otherwise be said openly
  • self-effacing apologies
  • pride in her own ability to instruct and experience life
taylor 1642 1729 huswifery 1682
Taylor 1642-1729"Huswifery” 1682
  • an awareness that his spiritual salvation and poetic imagination are dependent on one another. (Compare to Bradstreet’s “Prologue”)
  • discuss his use of extended metaphor v. Bradstreet's use of conceit
  • the use of metaphysical conceit make him comparable to the English Metaphysical Poets John Donne and Andrew Marvel (16th c.)
  • struggle for poetical inspiration and his struggle for authority
  • balance of didactic content and creative content
  • conservative style, Harvard minister, working in traditional forms
  • Ultimately, what is the purpose of his poetry? How entertaining is it in comarison to Rowlandson’s narrative? What might be the intended audience? The intended effect?
rowlandson 1636 1711 narrative of captivity 1682
Rowlandson 1636-1711"Narrative of Captivity" 1682
  • What problems exist in regarding a literary narrative as an historical record? Do you feel this is a result of the literal authority given the bible by Puritan society? Or, rather, is it a result of propaganda to win European interest in the colonial project?
  • What narrative conventions does Rowlandson story follow, what conventions does it not?
  • What are your feelings about her use of biblical quotation? What about her introduction to Native American vocabulary? What is different about this didactic element from others?
  • What are your feelings about her reaction to loss, and the death of her own child?
  • Historical record or entertainment? Is the entire narrative a form of conceit? Or, how literally is it to be taken? Why, or why not? How would you describe the literary value of Rowlandson’s writing?
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