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Poems and Meditations

This volume presents all the surviving writings of the poet Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612–1672): the poems published during her lifetime in The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America; or, Several Poems (London, 1650), poems added to the posthumous edition of Bradstreet’s Several Poems (Boston, 1678), and the material in her hand and that of her son preserved in a manuscript volume known as the Andover manuscript. Extensive footnotes illuminate Bradstreet’s broad reading in the medical, scientific, and historical literature of her day, as well as her interest in recent and current English history and politics.

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"This new collection of Anne Bradstreet’s writings brings fresh attention to the social networks of Bradstreet’s published and private poetry and prose, highlighting her cerebral temperament and her challenging lyric responses to her Protestant faith. In so doing, it allows Bradstreet not only to claim the title of first American woman poet, but also to take her rightful place among the most accomplished women writing in English in the seventeenth century — women such as Lucy Hutchinson, the Countess of Pembroke, and Amelia Lanyer."

Phillip Round, University of Iowa

Table of Contents

Illustrations xv
Abbreviations xvii
Acknowledgments xix
INTRODUCTION 1
PART 1: THE TENTH MUSE LATELY SPRUNG UP IN AMERICA (1650) 39
PART 2: POEMS ADDED TO SEVERAL POEMS (1678) 239
PART 3: POEMS AND MEDITATIONS FROM THE ANDOVER MANUSCRIPT 285
APPENDIX 1: Prefatory Material to The Tenth Muse 341
APPENDIX 2: New Commendatory Poems in Several Poems 349
Bibliography 357
Index of Titles and First Lines of Bradstreet’s Poems and Prose Pieces 365
General Index 371

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