Anne Bradstreet (1612–1672)
in Women poets of the English Civil War
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This chapter presents poems of Anne Bradstreet who was born in Northampton, England, in 1612. Her poems appear to have been taken without her consent to London by her brother-in-law John Woodbridge, who travelled there in 1647; they were published as The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America in 1650. Bradstreet continued to write until her death in 1672. A fire in 1666 destroyed her North Andover house and most of her papers, including lines she had written towards an ending of The Four Monarchies. Her poems after this date seem to have been predominantly personal: a second, posthumous edition of her poetry was published as Several Poems in 1678. It included several additional poems that attest to her life as a wife, mother, and grandmother. The chapter explores the aesthetics and political contributions of her 1650s poems to their English Civil War context.

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