Anne Bradstreet uses metaphors to compare her love to many things. Bradstreet comments, “My love is such that rivers cannot quench, nor ought but love from thee give recompense. ” She compares her love to gold, meaning that it is rich; then later compares her love to rivers, meaning there are no boundaries. While Bradstreet uses different metaphors, Edward Taylor uses a much longer, descriptive metaphor, known as a conceit. The conceit compares Taylor’s everyday actions and words to every stitch and spoole needed to sew together his Holy robe that allows him into the elect.
He writes, “And make my Soule thy holy Spoole to bee. My Conversation make to be they Reele, and reele the yarn thereon spun of thy Wheele” (Taylor). Edward Taylor’s “Huswifery” depicts a more puritanical message. Bradstreet makes the impression that she only wants for her husband and herself to become part of the elect, so that they can spend all of eternity together. Through the use of a conceit and apostrophe, Taylor shows that he wants to live his life for God. He knows that every action that he made and word that he spoke on Earth would determine whether or not he would be a part of the elect.