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...ized spirituality. If one presumes that Bradstreet didn’t intend on publication of her work, one must also understand that her work may be the foreground of progressive thought, which we see later historically, as the individual’s importance in the interpretation of spirituality becomes stressed. Perhaps, Bradstreet’s poems were a private contemplation and examination of herself in a society that she lived in but didn’t necessarily agree with. Perhaps her poems really are meant to directly criticize Winthrop’s “city on a hill mentality.” Whatever the case may be, the massage of contradiction becomes relevant in addressing her work and is something to fully consider while reading her words.
Franklin, Wayne, Philip F. Gura, and Arnold Krupat. The Norton Anthology of American Literature. Ed. Nina Baym. 7th ed. Vol. A. New York: W.W. Norton, 2007. Print.
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