Like other true poets, Anne Bradstreet enlivened the conventions she received, transforming them into a unique and vigorous instrument. But she did not use that instrument for small or temporary ends. Her work is very much a whole. This study aims to look at the whole body of her poetry as she encountered prevailing literary forms and fashioned them into a personal voice for an ever deepening argument between the world she knew and the promise of a greater world to come. - Preface.
Introduction -- Part 1 : The Ipswich poems. The early elegies -- The poems to her husband -- The quaternions -- A dialogue between Old England and New -- The Prologue and the Four Monarchies -- The Tenth Muse -- Part 2 : The Andover poems. The Flesh and the Spirit -- Contemplations -- The final elegies -- Afterword -- A chronology of the works of Anne Bradstreet -- Passages from Anne Bradstreet related to passages from Joshua Sylvester -- Images in the poetry : frequency list -- Books with which Anne Bradstreet was acquainted -- Selected bibliography of works by and about Anne Bradstreet
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