Anne Bradstreet: Poems

upon the burning of our house poem

does bradstreet appear to take comfort in theme(christain teaching), or does her expression of consolation appear to be some what forced, as some critics have argued?


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Overall critics believe, "the sense of loss outweighs, at least at times, the potential comfort promised by Puritan theology." This is not supposed to imply that Bradstreet displays a loss of faith or a desire to relinquish Puritanism, but it does reveal her humanity. She shows that she is a real person who feels doubt and sorrow and must be constantly be active in her faith in order for it to remain meaningful.