The Pen of Puritan Womanhood: Anne Bradstreet’s Personal Poetry as Catechism on Godly Womanhood

  title={The Pen of Puritan Womanhood: Anne Bradstreet’s Personal Poetry as Catechism on Godly Womanhood},
  author={M. Styer},
  journal={Rhetoric Review},
  pages={15 - 28}
  • M. Styer
  • Published 2017
  • Philosophy
  • Rhetoric Review
Anne Bradstreet’s poems about her family and her life on the frontier rhetorically negotiated a place of stability for the author amid the theology/praxis tension of Puritan life. This article argues that Bradstreet’s poems function rhetorically to define godliness as a public performance of community-sanctioned, gendered action, an inherently Puritan way of understanding life. This definition of godliness allows Bradstreet’s poems to function as a catechism for outlining exactly how a Puritan… Expand


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