In these lines, the poet is writing about the dialogue between the two sisters. Impossibility of escape from one's guilt or God's punishment. She does not understand how contemplation feeds her, and keeps her happy. No Candle there, nor yet Torch light, For there shall be no darksome night. Clear and vigorous thinking In her writings one may find at this late day direct evidence of clear and vigorous thinking, and of genuinely poetic expression.
In other words, to safeguard the holiness of their souls or spirits, Puritans needed to reflect on the inherent sinfulness of their bodies or flesh. Her father and husband were both among the Puritans of England, and the Earl of Lincoln supported their cause. The nature does not grow old but a man does. She says that her sister can keep her world and its riches, and she would pursue towards her dream, where eternal divinity awaits for her. It is due to this bond that she is going to try to improve it. She also references the Geneva Bible, which Puritans believed signified grace and closeness to God.
She is obedient and loving daughter, and she is not going to fall in the trap of temptations to be happy momentarily and indulge in Earthly attachments. What ever he may have been to the state he was all in all to that Tenth Muse, his wife. Hence, her love for her father is going to raise her above everything, and help her achieve what she wants in life. Flesh claims that its earthly pursuits of wealth and pleasure are more satisfying than the spiritual pursuits of meditation and contemplation. Her brother-in-law thought it so good, he managed to get a few of her poems printed in England, under the title The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung up in America.
They will soon be forgotten, and all their accomplishments will be covered in dust. In the second group of stanzas, the poet turns her attention to the Biblical stories about Adam and Eve, and their sons, Cain and Abel. The Earth is full of wealth and vanity. She also reminds her reader that the ancient Greeks believed women could be poets. All that one has to do is indulge in the pleasures of the world, and not think of anything beyond her reach.
Spirit and flesh are referred to as sisters or twins in the poem, but spirit claims that they do not have the same father. While it is impossible that she is actually doing these things, they are more likely a metaphor for the ways in which she tries to improve the text. When the author finally gets her own copy of her book she is still unhappy. But the nature will be unmade while a man, despite his curse perhaps that of total depravity , is made for immortal life. Spirit says that what she sees and seeks is eternal, and not momentarily, and it is invisible to her, as she is blinded by the joy and luxuries of the Earth. The bird never thinks of the past or worries about what is to come. Blest babe why should I once bewail thy fate, Or sigh the dayes so soon were terminate Sith thou art setled in an Everlasting state.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold, Or all the riches that the East doth hold. The sun symbolizes fire, the oak symbolizes man and his concomitant choler pride , while the changing leaves represent autumn. Nor Sun nor Moon they have no need For glory doth from God proceed. She only sees the defects more clearly. Thinking about death leads to the poet to ruminate about how short men's lives are now in comparison to Biblical times. These spellings do nothing to impede a modern reading of the poem and are often more phonetically correct that their contemporary counterparts.
To learn more about our web site privacy practices, please review. Of Life, there are the waters sure Which shall remain forever pure. Nor are they shadows which I catch, Nor fancies vain at which I snatch But reach at things that are so high, Beyond thy dull Capacity. There is a fountain which contains water which is always pure and sweet. She balanced an intense home life with her literary pursuits as she was forced to write while taking care of eight children. She was also the first female writers from the British North American colonies whose works got published. She was a prominent Puritan, and it is very well seen in her poems.
The hidden Manna I do eat; The word of life, it is my meat. When the book was published, it did not improve. Birds, insects, animals with vegative, Thy heat from death and dullness doth revive, And in the darksome womb of fruitful nature dive. There is enough wealth in the world which she can hold in her hand and prosper. Bradstreet lived in the 17th century, and is considered a New World poet.