The Break Down of Bradstreet and Taylor
In the many works of Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor, their views of God are evidently portrayed throughout using imagery to support their artistry. Their rigorous views of God are also pressed upon in their severe yet endearing tones while their diction proves their obsession in having an overbearing faith in God. By interpreting Bradstreet and Taylor’s views of God, Faith, and Religion that are shown through portraying their love for God through poetic diction, and imagery throughout their rhyming scheme which will allow it to be shown that they have an undying love for God and will stand by his decisions, and creations throughout time.
Starting with Bradstreet’s first Poem including God within it called “Contemplations,” Bradstreet spends her time talking about the wondrous workings of God. “I wist not what to wish, yet sure though I,/ If so much excellence abide below,/How excellent is He that dwells on High,”. The quote conveys how she wonders about the beauty of God and how an entity could create the vast and magnificent mass that is earth, ranging from bountiful trees to majestic mountains. She presses on how earth and its gargantuan array of creatures are so striking, which in turn convinces her to believe that nature is an outlet to God.
In addition, Bradstreet’s poem “In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, Who Deceased August, 1665, Being a Year and a Half Old”, talks about her dead grandchild who couldn’t make it through this world and how the hand of God has chosen her. “But plants new set to be eradicate,/And buds new blown to have so short a date,/Is by His hand alone that guides nature and fate.” This quote talks about how the world that although seems perfect can sometimes be unforgiving. All flowers that bloom there’s bound to be one that doesn’t make it. She feels as if this is the way of God, that although we perceive things as being perfect it can easily just be taken away and...