Bradstreet vs. Wheatley

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Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley’s poems are different in numerous ways. Both authors seemed to have had very contrasting writing styles to each other. These women had issues writing and publishing poems during their time period. Unlike in today’s time, women were not seen as writers. They simply did house work. Anne Bradstreet was a Puritan woman. It was looked down upon for her to be writing poems. Phillis Wheatley was an African slave who also should have been working on household chores, not writing poetry. Even though there was 150 years of separation between the two women poets, they were able to overcome any problems publishing their poems due to their gender or race. Bradstreet and Wheatley’s poems shared many similarities but were also very different from one another. Bradstreet fixated on biblical references and used simple language, while Wheatley used philosophical meaning and poetic devices. Bradstreet and Wheatley were outstanding writers of their time and even the present-day. One of the difference between Bradstreet and Wheatley were their writing styles and techniques. Bradstreet demonstrates a Puritan style in “To My Dear and Loving Husband”. She only used what was necessary and did not use any extra language. Her poem is straight and to the point: “If ever man were loved by wife, then thee” (120). Wheatley used a variety of literary devices in “To His Excellency General Washington”. I found that these literary devices made Wheatley’s poems more interesting to read compared to the Puritan style of writing in Bradstreet’s poems. Wheatley used alliteration in the seventh line of the poem, “See the bright beams of heaven’s revolving light” (411). This simple device helps the reader better visualize what Wheatley was trying to portray. In another line, she alliterated, “Thy every action let the goddess guide” (411). The literary devices improved
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