Andrea Domingo's Anne Bradstreet went through many things in her life and was also one of the greatest poets of the 17 th century and one of the first poets to wire an English verse in the American colonies. Anne Bradstreet was the first American woman to speak about individual feelings in Puritan society that believed the purpose of writting should be moral instruction. Anne Bradstreet was the daughter of Thomas Dudley and Dorothy Yorke. She was borned in Northamptonshire, England in 1612. Thomas Dudley her father was the chief steward of Theophilus Clinton, the Puritan Earl of Lincoln and after he was a governor of Massachusetts Bay colony.
Anne Married Simon Bradstreet at the age of 16 in 1628, and lived in the household of the countess of the Warwick. Two years later Anne, Simon and her parents sailed with other Puritans to Massachusettes on a ship named the Arabella to America. Anne was 18 years and had benefited from a good education in the noble households and also was a firm puritan in religion. After short stays in Salem, Charlestown, and Newtown they settled in Ipswich where she had eight children and a happy marriage. She wrote her poems while bearing her children, functioning as a hotels, and performing domestic duties.
The Bradstreet moved frequently in the Massachusettes colony until they found Andover which became their permanent home. A housewife with eight children, she was also the first important poet in the American colonies. Anne wrote many of the poems that were published in The Tenth Muse (London 1650) which was generally considered the first book of original poetry written in colonial America. Through her poems she asserted the right of women to learn and express their thoughts. Even though some of her verses were conventional, much of it was direct and showed sensitivity to beauty. Anne Bradstreet's brother-in-law took her manuscript back to England and had it printed without her knowing it.
They were published as The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America. The first American edition of The Tenth Muse was published and expanded from as several poems with a great variety of wit and learning, full of delight; especailly is contained a complet discourse, and description of the four elements, constitutions, ages of man, seasons of the year. Together with an exact epitome of the first three monarchies, viz, the Assyrian, Persian, Grecian. And beginning of the Romane Common-wealth to the end of their last king: with diverse other pleasant and serious poems, by a gentlewoman in New-England, also several other poems found amongst her papers after her death.
Most of the poems in the first edition are long and imitative works based on the standard poetic conventions of the time, but the last two poems -- "Of the Vanity of All Worldly Creatures" and "David's Lamentation for Saul and Jonathan" -- are individual and genuine of her own feelings. Her later poems, written for her family, show her spiritual growth as she came fully to accept the Puritans. She also wrote more personal poems of considerable beauty, talking about her thoughts before childbirth and her response to the death of a grandchild. These shorter poems benefit from their lack of imitation.
Her prose works include "Meditations," a collection of succinct and pithy aphorisms. She also wrote To my dear and loving Husband which is a more personal poem, expressing her feelings about the joys and difficulties of everyday Puritan life. Another edition of her work was edited by John Harvard Ellis in 1867. In 1956 the poet John Berryman paid tribute to her in Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, a long poem that talks about and has to do with many phrases from her writings. Six years after Anne Bradstreet's death, poems appeared among her papers. It is unclear whether the corrections in the 1678 edition truly belonged to Anne.
For that reason, the texts of all poems in this edition, where possible, come from the first edition. Josephine K. Piercy wrote and introduction to as facsimile reproduction of this book: The Tenth Muse (1650), and, from the Manuscripts, Meditations Divine and Mor all Together with Letters and Occasional Pieces (Gainesville, Florida: Scholars' Facsimiles and Reprints, 1965; PS 711 A 1 1965 ROB A). Until today it is said that after her death some poems found among her papers weren't hers, for the reason that her brother-in-law took her work and proclaimed to be his own. Many of her poems were re-written by other poets but still put in her name for it..