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Anne Bradstreet is known as a prolific poet of 17th century whose work is largely based on Puritan theological concepts. Puritan society had its own unique set of Christian beliefs, which were slightly harsh compared to modern Christian values. For this reason, English writings of this period reveal a sense of hopelessness and despondency as far as this worldly life is concerned. Material accomplishments were viewed as selfish desires, which had to be abandoned if a man sought to achieve happiness in the world thereafter. These were some of the common Puritan concepts, which must be kept in mind when reading and analyzing Bradstreet's poem, ‘Upon Burning of Our House'. This poem was written in 1666, a time when women were barred from entering the world of literature. Thus it was all the more important for female writers and poets to adhere to strict Christian beliefs and values in order not to infuriate the unyielding Puritan society. For this reason, we notice every line of Bradstreet's poem highlighting Puritan theological ideals. The poem begins with Bradstreet awakening to the sound of Fire. This fire symbolizes the Day of Judgment because like fire, that day would bring an end to everything man has. That would be the day when man's worldly possessions wouldn't matter, and he would only be worrying about whether or not he would be accepted in Heaven. Sound of Fire reminds the poet of her real and most important goal in this world as she says, "That fearful sound of "fire" and "fire,"/ Let no man know is my Desire." It is her desire to work hard not for material goods of this world but the actual ever-lasting rewards of the world thereafter. Bradstreet is exploring a very simple Christian concept in this poem. However if the poem is studied in historical context, we can unearth many significant messages, which speak volumes about the times of the poet. For example, the willingness of the poet to shun...

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