For my final day of the 3 Quote Challenge, and maybe because it is snowing, I chose this quote from the earliest female published in both England and the New World.
Anne Dudley Bradstreet (1612-1672) was a Puritan poet whose intimate words were published in England by a brother-in-law, without her permission, as early as 1650.
Born in privilege, educated at Cambridge, married at 16 to a prominent soldier of Queen Elizabeth, she was among the first to sail to the new world.
Mother of 8, dedicated to husband and family in the tradition of her Puritan ethics, she wrote for herself and family, knowing she would never be well received by society as a serious writer.
She is often regarded as one of the first true American feminists.
She writes, in “Prologue”:
I am obnoxious to each carping tongue
Who says my hand a needle better fits.
A poet’s pen all scorn I should thus wrong;
For such despite they cast on female wits,
If what I do prove well, it won’t advance–
They’ll say it was stolen, or else it was by chance.
Thank you to Erika for an always welcome challenge.
Her blog is, in her own words, a place of “Love and Light.”