Doorknobs and The Divine
Society rarely notes the prominence of doorknobs in its function, but there is no denying that they are indeed vital. Though commonplace, doorknobs are the very essence of modern life. Both doorknobs and the divine allow entry into new, unknown places and allow one to lock oneself where they are safe. Much like a doorknob is to modern society, God was to the Puritan society. Instrumental to all parts of their life, religion played a part in their every doing. This becomes clear upon the reading of Anne Bradstreet’s “To My Dear and Loving Husband” and “Upon The Burning of Our House.”
“To My Dear and Loving Husband” appears to be a love poem at first glance. However, upon analysis, readers may recognize the double meaning behind the poem’s carefully chosen words. She describes herself and her husband as “one” (Line 1), which to some may indicate that they mesh well enough to seem to meld into one contiguous person. However, Puritans strived to have a relationship with God in which He became a part of them, in which they were one with their Lord. In an elaborate string of similes, she states that she values their love “more than whole Mines of gold” (5), holding it in such high esteem that perhaps it could be considered a heavenly experience. Considering that she loves her husband so intensely, it should come as no surprise that they should love both “while [they] live” (11) as well as “when [they] live no more” (12).
compare and contrast crucible and to my dear and loving husband. In our society many women tend to have different views and feelings upon their husbands. In the play "The Crucible", Elizabeth Proctor showed her care and love for her husband although she carried suspicion at the beginning. In the poem, "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet, she uses different kinds of words to express ...
These lines take on a celestial tone, implying that both of them– as Puritan elect– will continue to love one another in heaven. The tone of this piece is very adoring, which makes sense considering that it is a love piece for both her husband and God. The premise of an earthly marriage is no doubt commonplace, but it sets a perfect scene for a description of her love for God and lends a highly important meaning to the otherwise mundane piece.
“Upon The Burning of Our House”, too, takes an earthly event and transforms it into a religious ode. The poem opens on a woman distraught to see “[t]he flame consume [her] dwelling place” (Line 12).
This event is, of course, monumental in a person’s life, but also hardly holds a candle to the massive flames of God’s power in the belief of Puritan authors such as Bradstreet. As she bids “adieu, adieu” to her home, the narrator realizes her sorrow is “all… vanity” (36).
Like any good Puritan, she recognizes that pitying herself does no good when the Lord’s plan is at work. For surely, a “house on high erect” (42) has been “fram’d by that mighty Architect” (43) in heaven for her and her family to live in once their earthly lives have come to an end. Though “[t]he world no longer let[s her] Love,/ [her] hope and Treasure lyes Above” (53-54) in heaven, a far greater blessing than she had previously in her earthly home. By grounding herself with her faith, the narrator is able to face the enormity of her situation with a newfound confidence and trust that the future holds great things. The tone of this poem varies greatly throughout. At the beginning, the narrator’s desperation and her heart’s “cry” (7) colors each word. But by the end, the diction is heavy with an appreciation for God and his heavenly plan, which lends it a heavily divine finish that leaves the reader in awe. This poem, like so many others of the time, mixes the mundane and the magnificent with brilliant dexterity.
However, though they both share the common root of mixing the routine and the religious, they are both very different poems. For one, “Husband” was written primarily as a love poem to Bradstreet’s husband while “House” is an ode to God’s plan. Because it was written specifically in praise to the Lord, it makes sense that “House” should have a heavier religious connotation than its counterpart. At several points throughout the poem, it literally references the Bible, such as the point where she “blest his name that gave and took” (House, 14), which is vaguely reminiscent of the Book of Job. In addition, they also differ in the gravity of their mundane issues. A marriage, as in “Husband” is not uncommon at all. However, a devastating house fire, as the one in “House” is a rarity. Thus, the poem with the stronger sense of faith also features a stronger issue to tackle. This may serve to provide a link between overwhelming circumstances and the enormous faith it requires to tackle it, versus just a minor thank you to God for her blessings during the good times.
Brothers & Sisters we are privileged to be living in the most glorious of times, A time when all the generations of mankind come together. A time just before our Savior appears for his millennial reign. Think about that for a moment. Last General Conference in April our beloved Prophet spoke on this subject and reiterated the fact that these are perilous times. We know this to be true. Dall in ...
In Puritan society, faith was far more than just a nightly prayer and Sunday services. To them, religion was a pivotal part of life that overtook every aspect and saturated the lives of the people with the blessings and mercy of their god. To Puritans, creed was commonplace as a doorknob is in modern society. And much like a doorknob, everyone got a turn at experiencing religion’s glories and reassurance at some point in their lives.