Cite This Page
 
To Go
To My Dear and Loving Husband
To My Dear and Loving Husband
by Anne Bradstreet

To My Dear and Loving Husband Analysis

Symbols, Imagery, Wordplay

Form and Meter

Iambic PentameterNice and RhythmicWhen you read this poem aloud, it's hard not to notice that you've fallen into a rhythm pretty quick. That's because "To My Dear and Loving Husband" is written in...

Speaker

Imagine a woman you've known all your life has just gotten married. You were at the wedding, and you could tell she was really happy. Well, now it's a few days later, and she's still glowing. You s...

Setting

We really don't get any clues for the setting of the poem. In our "Sound Check," we suggested that these sound like wedding vows, but we feel like our lady isn't writing this (or reading it) at our...

Sound Check

Wedding Vows in PoetrySometimes at weddings the bride and groom write their own vows. Frequently, people say things like "my dear Amelia, you are my everything" or "my beloved Bill, I can't imagine...

What's Up With the Title?

"To My Dear and Loving Husband" is exactly that: a poem addressed to Anne Bradstreet's "dear and loving husband." This is actually, however, a very neat title. The word "dear" refers to the speaker...

Calling Card

Love Poem for HusbandAnne Bradstreet really loved her husband. She loved him so much that she wrote several poems about him. In addition to "To My Dear and Loving Husband," there is "A Letter to He...

Tough-o-Meter

(2) Sea Level"To My Dear and Loving Husband" is a pretty straightforward poem. Often, words are left out (the second halves of the first two lines come to mind) and sometimes the claims seem strang...

Trivia

Anne Bradstreet's father was instrumental in the founding of Harvard University. He signed the charter for the school while governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Now we see where Anne gets her...

Steaminess Rating

G"To My Dear and Loving Husband" is all about love and passion, but it's not a sexual passion (maybe it is, but she doesn't talk about it). The poem's religious bent (see "Religion") would make any...

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical ReferencesThe Book of Genesis (1-4)Historical ReferencesSimon Bradstreet, husband to the poet (throughout)

Need help with College?