This was in a time period when insurance was not a widely spread protective agent against such atrocities so when the narrative saw her house burning she knew the time and effort it would have taken to rebuild the structure and in the meantime of its. And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice.
And not to leave me succourless.
Upon the burning of our house. Anne bradstreet 1612 1672. Let no man know is my desire. A poem by anne bradstreet in 1666 a great fire consumed much of the considerable library of books owned by anne bradstreet 1612 72 the first poet from the new world to have a book of poems published.
While it is tempting to try to assess whether or not bradstreet s sorrow is successfully mitigated or addressed by her faith such an exercise would not only be highly subjective but would also be misguided. Upon the burning of our house july 10th 1666 by anne bradstreet 1612 1672 in silent night when rest i took for sorrow neer i did not look i waken d was with thundring nois and piteous shreiks of dreadfull voice. The hope and treasure that the speaker refers to at the end of upon the burning of our house represent eternal life and happiness from faith and god which line from upon the burning of our house indicates that the speaker misses her home after it burns down.
Anne bradstreet based verses upon the burning of our house on a true experience. Verses upon the burning of our house july 10th 1666. That laid my goods now in the dust.
This form expresses tension between the poet s attachment to earthly things and her awareness that she is supposed to dissolve her ties to the world and focus on god. In bradstreet s poem she describes the atrocious event of her house burning. Anne bradstreet s poem upon the burning of our house demonstrates the dichotomy between the secular and the divine and the human understanding between the two.
There lay that store i counted best. Verses upon the burning of our house july 10th 1666 by anne bradstreet is a fifty four line poem that follows a repeating and consistent pattern of rhyme. I starting up the light did spye.
Upon the burning of our house. That fearful sound of fire and fire let no man know is my desire. In silent night when rest i took for sorrow near i did not look i waken d was with thund ring noise.
And piteous shrieks of dreadful voice. Verses upon the burning of our house. The flame consume my dwelling place.
The poet has chosen to rhyme her poem in couplets therefore the entire poem follows a scheme of aabbccddee and so on through all fifty four lines. The bradstreets home did actually burn down. Bradstreet s upon the burning of our house july 10th 1666 swings like a pendulum between bradstreet s puritan beliefs and her deep emotional turmoil regarding the loss of her home.
That fearfull sound of fire and fire let no man know is my desire. Of our house july 10th. In the later part of the poem bradstreet struggles with materialism but ultimately decides she should not mourn the loss of her house because god has created a home for her in heaven.
The poem is made up of rhyming couplets.