Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet (1612 - 1672)

Anne Bradstreet (ca. 1612 – September 16, 1672), colonial American woman, was the first published American woman writer.

Bradstreet was born in Northampton, England. She was the daughter of Governor Thomas Dudley and Dorothy Yorke Dudley. At the age of 16, she married Simon Bradstreet, an employee and future governor of the Massachusetts Bay Company. Anne and Simon emigrated to America along with Anne’s parents in 1630 aboard the Arabella. Bradstreet wrote poetry of domestic and religious themes, and in 1650, she published The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America which appeared in London. In 1678, she (posthumously) published Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning in America. She died in Andover, MA, and is buried in the Old Burying Point in Salem, MA.

Analysis, meaning and summary of Anne Bradstreet's poem Before the Birth of One of Her Children


  1. Kevin says:

    This is beautifully written – so tight in form and content. There is a slight “amateurishness” about it which actually adds to its charm. This is a real woman in real circumstances, and we are utterly impressed by the realism with which she faces life. There is an extra poignancy when the death rate of mother and/or child in those days is considered.

  2. Ashley says:

    i really like her porm she can write real good i wish i can write like that

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