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Metaphor in To My Dear and Loving Husband

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"we may live ever..."   (Text of the Poem)

The final line offers another interpretation of the poem’s structure as a whole. Notice that the speaker’s metaphors move from the earthly realm into the spiritual in ascending order. The speaker moves from the “mines of gold” underground in line five to the “riches” and “rivers” above ground in line six and seven. She then alludes to the “heavens” and prayer in line ten and lastly to the eternal, spiritual afterlife in the final line. If we look at this structure in a religious context, Bradstreet may be suggesting that earthly love should be modeled after the kind of godly love that results in admission to heaven.

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