Anne Bradstreet vs. Anne Sexton When one thinks about women in literature, the names Anne Bradstreet and Anne Sexton come to mind. They are two very passionate women who wrote about everyday life while making it seem extraordinary. However, they didn t quite express themselves in the same way. These women were different in the way they wrote about family life and the pattern in which they wrote their poetry. First, the way Anne Bradstreet and Anne Sexton wrote about family life is completely different.
Anne Bradstreet viewed the family as a wonderful in everything she wrote. My Dear and Loving Husband shows a woman who places her husband above all earthly possessions. She writes, I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold or all the riches that the East doth hold. Anne Bradstreet also protrayed this couple as being in happily in love and wanting to be together forever. The poem says, If ever two were one, the surely we. If ever man were loved by wife, then thee; If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye women, if you can.
On the other hand, Anne Sexton wrote about a wife who wants to end her marriage relationship. The Farmer s Wife says, and she wishes him cripple, or poet, or even lonely, or sometimes better, my lover, dead. The woman in this poem is struggling in her marriage because she feels taken for granted. It is shown when Anne Sexton writes, they name ten years now that she has been his habit… So, Anne Bradstreet and Anne Sexton differ in their writing of the family relationship and it is shown in both To My Dear and Loving Husband and The Farmer s Wife. Secondly, Anne Bradstreet and Anne Sexton differ in the pattern that they write their poetry.
Anne Bradstreet writes with one verse rhyming with the following verse and so on and so forth. For example, in Upon the Burning of Our House she writes, In silent night when rest I took; for sorrow near I did not look, I wakened was with t hund ring noise; And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice. However, Anne Sexton s poems usually do not rhyme at all. In There Farmer s Wife she writes, From the hodge porridge of their country lust, their local life in Illinois, where all their acres look like a sprouting broom factory, Finally, these two women wrote their poetry in two different patterns. In conclusion, Anne Bradstreet and Anne Sexton are to very vital women in the world of literature. However, they wrote poetry with two very different views and writing styles.
This is a great thing because poetry is not meant to be a mold in which every writer is exactly the same. It s writing about how one feels and expressing it in his or her own way.