Hutchinson and Bradstreet

Given what you know about Anne Hutchinson from Winthrop’s journal and given what you know about Anne Bradstreet from today’s reading, why did one woman’s atypical behavior lead to praise and the other’s lead to exile?

Bruce Michelson and Marjorie Pryse argue that there are two voices in Bradstreet’s poems: “The poet-voice who speaks as she ought, in full accord with religious doctrine, public duty, and conventional belief” and another who “loves, grieves, fears, feels pride, and experiences the full range of emotions and curiosities that the teachings of her faith were supposed to put to rest.” Michelson and Pryse suggest that in the poems, sometimes one side  seems to win and sometimes the other; sometimes a reassuring harmony between voices is reached and sometimes not.

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