“Upon the Burning of Our House” Essay

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The poems “Upon the Burning of Our House” by Anne Bradstreet and “Huswifery” by Edward Taylor both represent Puritan faith. Bradstreet discusses the burning of her house and realizes God does everything for a reason, while Taylor prays to God for his salvation. Between these two poems, “Upon the Burning of Our House” best demonstrates the puritanical beliefs in of that time period. Some of the most salient examples Bradstreet utilizes to show her Puritan faith are allusions. Allusions help her demonstrate Puritan beliefs. The allusions Bradstreet uses come from the bible, she states, “My hope and treasure lyes above” (Bradstreet). This quote references the bible verse, Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also”. By referencing bible verses she illustrates her faith and how she depends on God’s salvation. Bradstreet’s use of symbolism is another example of why her poem being more puritanical. Puritans know that God has a place for everyone that is not on Earth. The house she talks about toward the end of the poem symbolizes Heaven. Bradstreet explains, “Thou hast an house on high erect fram’d by that mighty architect, with glory richly furnished, stands permanent tho’ this be fled” (Bradstreet). Thus meaning God has a place for her later on and it should not matter that her house is gone. Bradstreet trusts God and his sagacity. An additional example Bradstreet adds to her poem that makes it more puritanical, is her belief that God makes everything happen for a reason. Towards the end of the poem Bradstreet acts more pragmatic about the situation. She starts understanding she did not own her house or anything in it, God did. Her belongings are easily attained and lost, so they hold no real value. She states, “To my God my heart did cry to strengthen me in my distresse and not to leave me succourlesse” (Bradstreet). Bradstreet learns
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