Verses upon the Burning of our House

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Verses upon the Burning of our House (full title: Here follow some verses upon the burning of our house, July 10th, 1666) is a poem by Anne Bradstreet. She wrote it to express the traumatic loss of her home and most of her material. However, she expands the understanding that God had taken them away in order for her family to live a more pious life. She feels guilty that she is hurt from losing earthly possessions. It is against her belief that she should feel this way; showing she is a sinner. Her deep puritan beliefs brought her to accept that the loss of material, was a spiritually necessary thing to have occurred. She reminds herself that her future, and anything that has value lies in heaven. Though she feels guilty from her emotions, she knows that she is of the fortunate ones who have salvation regardless, God gives it to his followers, and will help them fight their sin on this earth. The burning of her house was to fight her families sins of material idols. [1]

The poem has a couplet-based rhyme scheme. It has many lines with an inverted syntax, making lines sound "odd".


  1. ^ Edwin Monroe Bacon. Literary pilgrimages in New England to the homes of famous makers of American literature and among their haunts and the scenes of their writings. Silver, Burdett & Company, 1902. Pages 24-27

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