Anne Bradstreet “Upon the Burning of Our House” Rhetorical Revelations: What does her language reveal? Interpret What philosophical beliefs about God and the purpose of human life are reflected in this poem? Draw Conclusions Pelf usually refers to wealth acquired dishonestly. Why do you think the speaker calls her treasures “pelf” in line 52? What other word choices imply meaningful connotations? Explain. Analyze Draw a line after the line that marks the turning point in this poem. Explain your decision. Infer In Christian teachings, with what is fire usually associated? How might this metaphorical meaning of fire influence the speaker’s decision to love the divine instead of the material? Evaluate Bradstreet’s poem portrays an internal debate between love for material goods and love for the divine. Choose one side of this debate and explain your choice. With a partner, dissect the poem. • Identify details that express Anne’s deep sense of loss. • Where does Anne seem to warn herself against her affection for worldly things? • Find use of figures of speech and determine what they might reveal. • Contrast can be an effective rhetorical device. Explore Anne’s contrasting language portraying distress and serenity.