Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet (March 20, 1612 – September 16, 1672) was the first writer in England’s North American colonies to be published. She was born to a wealthy Puritan family in Northampton, England. She was well-educated, reading widely and in several languages. After she was married, she migrated to North America with her husband and children. Much of her poetry centers on her life as a mother.

Here are a few poems by Bradstreet to enjoy. (These links go to the Poetry Foundation website, which is a fantastic place to find all sorts of poems for free.)




Portrait in Header By Edmund H. Garrett – for An Account of Anne Bradstreet: The Puritan Poetess, and Kindred Topics, edited by Colonel Luther Caldwell (Boston, 1898). Courtesy of the American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts. Public Domain,

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