Wigglesworth's Poems

Introduction

Michael Wigglesworth (1631–1705) was a Puritan minister and poet whose poem The Day of Doom was a bestseller in early New England. His health was poor and for many years he was an invalid. He focused on the sins of his neighbors, and repudiated all pleasures. Historian Edmund S. Morgan finds he was a "morbid, humorless, selfish busybody" Who exemplified all the negative stereotypes of the Puritans.[1]


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