The Creation of Congenial Couplets

Modeling Anne Bradstreet's "To My Dear and Loving Husband"

To My Dear and Loving Husband

If ever two were one, then surely we

If ever man were lov'd by wife, then thee

If ever wife was happy in a man,

Compare with me ye women if you can.

I prize thy love more than whole mines of gold,

Or all the riches the East doth hold.

My love is such that rivers cannot quench,

Nor ought but love from thee, give recompense.

Thy love is such I can no way repay,

The heavens reward thee manifold I pray.

Then while we live, in love lets so persever,

That when we live no more, we may live ever.

-Anne Bradstreet


You and a partner will write a poem on a topic of your choice by modeling it after Bradstreet's original. You can make your poem serious or humorous, as long as you carry the same topic throughout the entire poem.

1. Work cooperatively with your partner and share the work load

2. Use rhyming couplets just like Bradstreet

3. Use a minimum of 4 examples of FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE (can be a mix of similes, metaphors, personification or hyperbole). Must be GOOD 11th grade examples that make sense and paint a picture. ie: He was as smart as a fox. (NOT a good example of 11th grade material) Underline or highlight your examples.

4. KEEP the underlined words in the original poem; fill in the rest.

5. Use creativity; be authentic.

6. Include a minimum of "4" visuals.

7. ALL lines must relate to the overall topic.

8. If you are stuck with rhyming, try inversion.

9. Write a rough draft. This MUST be turned in by EACH member in the group.

10. Students will use to publish the final poem (in the computer lab) and send an e-mail submission to the teacher.

11. Mrs. Greenlaw will be choosing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each class.

12. Title your poem on the Prezi and make sure all group members' names are listed as authors.