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The poem is written by Anne Bradstreet and its dedicated to her husband.

It
is written in iambic pentameter with stanzas arranged in rhyming couplets.
The poem begins with the usage of anaphor. That is a repetition of a phrase
at the beginning. In this case the phrase If Depicted with images of love, she
glorifies in a romantic way her love for her husband.
If ever two were one
This clause presents the perfect unity, the harmony between two souls in love.
Shes proud of her affection for her husband and feels on the top of the world
pinned up with unshakeable feelings.
If ever man were loved by a wife, then thee;
Her desire is to assure her beloved of the purity of her feelings. It seems that there
is not a single thing in the whole world that would destroy their unity.
If ever wife was happy in a man, Compare with me, ye woman, if you can.
These stanzas can be interpreted in different ways. First of all, she might have
thought of her love as incomparable. No one could ever possibly love a human
being in the way she loves her husband. Some pride can be felt here, as if she were
challenging other women. This challenge would make other women afraid of her
emotions as strong as mountains and divine as an ocean.
On the other hand, it was rather unusual for a woman to express herself in any
matter, whether thats her wit, feelings or knowledge. A woman of that kind would
probably be considered as insane or impudent. Bradstreet did that and thats why
the strong sense of pride can be clearly seen.
I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold, Or all the riches that the East
doth hold
She finds her love more valuable than any other worthy thing that exists. She
values it more than gold and the East, which was a mythically rich place. Nothing is
more precious than love.
My love is such that rivers cannot quench, Not ought but love from thee give
recompense
What rivers cannot quench is her constant love, a metaphor and a hyperbole
meaning that nothing can take away her love even if its strong as a river. She
needs to maintain her happiness. Love from thee give recompense is a symmetry,
harmony of feelings, as we learn that her husbands love for her is tremendously
great, as well. Shes grateful and feels rewarded in many ways, as she states: The
heavens reward thee manifold, I pray
She finishes the poem in the most romantic way, assuring us that her love will
remain eternal:
Then while we live, in love lets so perservere, That when we live no more,
we may live ever
She wants to keep her love as long as she lives, but when they die, love will
transcend her physical existence. The poem gives powerful inspiration to seek for
such love to be proud of.