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To My Dear and Loving Husband

To My Dear and Loving Husband

by Anne Bradstreet

To My Dear and Loving Husband Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do you think the speaker loves her husband as much as she says she does? Why or why not?
  2. Do you think this poem is trying to make an argument or prove a point? Or is it merely describing the love between the speaker and her husband?
  3. Is there anything ridiculous about the speaker's claims? No river can quench it – really? Do you take her love seriously, or does she seem a bit melodramatic to you?
  4. How is it that the speaker and her husband will live forever, really? What do you think she means by the last two lines of the poem?
  5. Does this poem seem like it was written in the 1600s?
  6. Based on this poem alone, what do you think of Mrs. Bradstreet?

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