Anne Bradstreet was the first noteworthy ________ poet.
She chiefly read the serious and religious writings of the _________.
Who was still alive when Anne Bradstreet was born?
Bradstreet and her family and her father and her husband sailed to _______.
They were among the first settlers to the _____________ ___ Colony.
Her father served 4 terms as the colony’s ________.
Among her descendants were the poets _________ and ______ ________
O.W. Holmes, Edward Robinson
Her ______ went to England and had 4 of her peoms published.
Her “____________” were groups of four, “Four Ages of Man”, “Four Seasons”, “The Four Elements”
There are traces of her being influenced by English poets _______, ______, ____ _____, and _______
Spenser, Sidney, John Donne, Herbert
What poem is she best known for?
In line 3, “mean” means “______.
Who was the main influence in her poem (The Prologue)?
What are spirits of ancient goddesses who inspire poets?
The “sweet-tongued” Greek poet she spoke of in stanza 4 was who?
How many greek muses were there?
What are “quills” in stanza 8?
Explain the metaphor Bradstreet uses in lines 47 and 48. What does it compare?
unrefined ore = her poems, glistening gold = famous poet’s poems; comparing her poetry to great classic poetry
What was Bradstreet’s greatest honor?
victory over flesh
Lines 25-34 and lines 58-60 are about what three aspects of the Flesh?
riches, fame/honor, pleasures
What is the meaning of “unregenerate” in line 37?
Who is our fleshly father?
Who is our spirit father?
Where shall there be no “darksome night,” yet “no candle… nor yet torchlight?”
Explain who Phoebus is or what he represents.
“the bright one,” the sun, Apollo
Whose power and beauty do we know by his works?
Give the attributes of God that Bradstreet lists in stanza 2.
goodness, wisdom, glory, light
What would the speaker worship of she knew not the real God?
What is the poet personifying as a “bridegroom” rushing from its chamber in stanza 5?
In line 42, what is personified?
To whom does Bradstreet compare the sun in stanza 7? Quote the line that best states this.
God; “How full of glory then must the Creator be.”
Who is praising God and how in stanza 9?
grasshopper and cricket; they sing to glorify God
What was Adam’s penalty in stanza 11?
kicked out of Eden, forced to work for a living
Explain the “fratricide” in stanza 14.
When a brother kills a brother
True or false, is a puritan the same as a pilgrim?
Define Iambic Pentameter.
a poetic meter that is made up of 5 stressed syllables each followed by an unstressed syllable
In stanza 15, why did Cain build a city?
to protect himself
Where did Cain find all those people to create a city?
Adam had other children besides Cain and Able.
What 2 things could Cain not rid himself of?
Compared to the ages attained by adam and those who lived before the flood, what fraction of their ages do we live?
Explain the contrast between the earth and humans and how age affects each. (see stanza 18)
man shows its age, earth does not
Contrast man and earth in stanza 20.
the earth will perish, but man will last forever
What is an allusion?
a reference to another work of literature, person, or event
Explain the allusion in stanza 25.
Neptune is the god of the sea
Contrast man an bird in stanza 27.
birds dont fear or worry, but man does
According to line 203, from whom do troubles come to us?
foes, friends, dearest relationships
What all does time take away in stanza 33?