Colonial Times



First colony: Jamestown, Virginia was founded in 1607.

Literature influenced by Puritan faith.

13 colonies founded by Britain which eventually became America.

Last colony: Georgia was founded in 1732


I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of the joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

- unknown author

I have been a stranger in a strange land.

- unknown author

They were as fed horses in the morning: every one neighed after his neighbour's wife.

- unknown author



Poems were primarily devotional during this time. American Poetry was inspired mostly from Europe early on. Poetry reflected on the beauty of the new world, homesickness of the old world, and Christian piety. Three most important poets were Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor and Michael Wigglesworth.