Colonial America – Prose and Poetry

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Mary Rowlandson
Colonial woman. ‘A Narrative of the Captivity and Restauration.

..’ A major piece of the genre Captivity Narratives. “I can remember the time, when I used to sleep quietly without working in my thoughts, whole nights together, but now it is other wayes with me.

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Anne Bradstreet
1st published American female writer. Poems… ‘Before the Birth of One of Her Children,’ ‘Verses Upon the Burning of Our House,’ ‘In Honour of that High and Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth,’ ‘The Author to Her Book.’

In Memory of My Dear Grandchild..


Anne Bradstreet. (And time brings down what is both strong and tall/But plants new set to be eradicate/And buds new blown to have so short a date/Is by his hand alone that guides nature and fate/

Phillis Wheatley
Female American writer. A poetic tribute on the death of George Whitefield. Criticized by Jefferson. Wrote the book ‘Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral.

‘ (Poems) ‘An Elegy…Dr. Samuel Cooper,’ ‘To.

..George Washington.

On Being Brought from Africa…
Phillis Wheatley.

(‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land/Taught my benighted soul to understand/That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too…


To the University of Cambridge…
Phillis Wheatley. (Let sin, that baneful evil to the soul/By you be shun’d, nor once remit your guard/Suppress the deadly serpent in its egg/Ye blooming plants of human race divine/An Ethiop tells you ’tis your greatest foe..


John Winthrop
Colonial Preacher. Journal. Chronicle of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Jonathan Edwards
Colonial American Congregational theologian.

Cotton Mather
Colonial author of more than 450 books and pamphlets. ‘Magna Christi Americana,’ translated ‘The Ecclesiastical History of New England.’ Details the works of Bradford, and describes the Salem Witch Trials. A ‘catalogus’ of the graduates of Harvard, the story of the founding Harvard, the assertion that Puritan slaveholders should do more to convert their slaves.

John Woolman
(1720-1722) Itinerant American preacher. Journal, a Quaker autobiography.

Killed a mother robin and her babies. Refused to write a bill of sale for a slave.

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