Compelling New Book Examines American Poet’s Quest for Spiritual Solace

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Nasser Al-Beshri studies Anne Bradstreet’s poem and provides a more intensive understanding and appreciation of her work, character and ideology

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Anne Bradstreet, the first American poet, encountered in her lifetime many hardships and predicaments. She suffered the English prosecutions and discrimination practiced on Puritans. As a result, she had to leave her homeland, to save her life, to an unknown and uncultivated New World. In the New World, she had to live in difficult living conditions, undergoing sickness and pangs of childbirth, the burning of her house, and the death of four of her grandchildren. All of these adversities caused her not only an agonized mind but also a traumatized soul resulting in an internal struggle.

Anne Bradstreet’s Quest for Spiritual Solace written by Nasser Al-Beshri studies Anne Bradstreet’s quest for spiritual solace during times of hardships during which Bradstreet questioned her faith. In all the poems subject of this book, the inner struggle between her flesh and spirit can obviously be seen. Bradstreet uses her talent in poetry writing as a means to express her deepest thoughts and fears hoping to find the peace and comfort she needs. She was able to get over all these shattering hardships and emerge a better person believing even more strongly than ever that God will reward her patience in the afterlife with better and heavenly blessings. Before her death, the constant disturbing struggle between her flesh and spirit is replaced by serenity and longing for heaven.

The first chapter of this book is a biographical glimpse of Anne Bradstreet’s life in England and the New World. The second chapter, will explore Bradstreet's inner conflict between the worldly desires and spiritual aspirations visible in most of her poetry. It will also explore Bradstreet's style, imagery, and themes; which she uses in order to overcome her inner struggle and convey her feelings. The third chapter, will lay bare the secrets behind Bradstreet's fortitude in times of horrible familial crises and her affirmative role in society and family as a mother and wife. The final chapter will consider Bradstreet's perspective of life in her poems.

The study of Anne Bradstreet’s poem is of great significance since it provides readers with a better understanding of her personal and poetic traits as well as her inner struggle between flesh and spirit, in particular, and the individuality of the new settlers in the New World in general. Anne Bradstreet’s Quest for Spiritual Solace is aimed at achieving a more intensive understanding and appreciation of Bradstreet’s work, character and ideology. It also discloses the secrets of her life that enabled her to stand aloft in facing the predicaments she had to encounter. Moreover, the study of her poetry brings into sharper focus the essence of the Puritan ideology.
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About the Author
Nasser Abdullah Al-Beshri is a translator at the Saudi Civil Defense since 2005. He was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 1982. Both of his parents were born in Abha, a beautiful mountainous city, south west of Saudi Arabia where he would flee the raging heat of the desert in the summer to enjoy the refreshing breeze of reachable clouds. He got his Master Degree in American Literature (2010) from King Saud University, Riyadh. He taught for three semesters in the Dept. of English Language and Literature at KSU in 2010-2011. He is happily married with two children.

Anne Bradstreet’s Quest for Spiritual Solace * by Nasser Al-Beshri
Selected Poems
Publication Date: June 28, 2012
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 81 pages; 978-1-4771-3234-0
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