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Verses upon the Burning of our House Summary & Analysis
by Anne Bradstreet

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"Verses upon the Burning of our House" was written by the Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet in response to the real-life destruction of her home in Andover, Massachusetts, which burned to the ground in 1666. The speaker, generally taken as Bradstreet herself, grieves the loss her home and all her material possessions, but also argues that this tragedy was God's way of teaching her a spiritual lesson about the value of piety and faith. The speaker takes comfort in the belief that no amount of earthly "wealth" comes close to the spiritual wealth that awaits the faithful in the afterlife—where God, "that mighty Architect," has built a heavenly home furnished with "glory."

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