Anne Bradstreet: Poems

upon the burning of our house

the three parts of meditation in the poem, how do they contribute to the poet's acceptance of her loss?




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She tries to shake off this mindset by reminding herself that "All's Vanity," and that she has an even grander home, built by God, waiting for her in Heaven. This new home will be permanent and not subject to fire or any other vicissitudes of earthly existence. She bids farewell to her home and reminds herself that her "hope and Treasure lie above."

Despite the poet's last words, critics believe the she is not as reconciled to her loss as she suggests.