“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
–Anne Bradstreet, “Meditations Divine and Moral,” The Works of Anne Bradstreet
Anne Bradstreet was one of the most prominent early English poets in North America as well as the first female writers in the North American colonies to be published.
Inspired by the work of Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas, Bradstreet’s poetry read similar to his, but soon she developed her own unique writing style centering on her role as a mother, her struggles with the sufferings of life, and her Puritan faith.
Some of her works include: Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, and The Flesh And The Spirit