Study Guide

To My Dear and Loving Husband What's Up With the Title?

By Anne Bradstreet

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's feelings about her husband. Her husband is "dear" to her, which means she really likes him. The word "loving," on the other hand, refers to her husband himself (he is a very "loving" dude). So the title then points to both the speaker's feeling and her husband's feelings, and illustrates in miniature what the poem claims: that the speaker and her husband are very deeply in love. They both feel the same way about each other, and have a pretty good, harmonious, marriage.