Anne Bradstreet

(1612 – 16 September 1672 / Northampton, England)

The Four Elements. - Poem by Anne Bradstreet

The Fire, Air, Earth and water did contest
Which was the strongest, noblest and the best,
Who was of greatest use and might'est force;
In placide Terms they thought now to discourse,
That in due order each her turn should speak;
But enmity this amity did break
All would be chief, and all scorn'd to be under
Whence issu'd winds & rains, lightning & thunder
The quaking earth did groan, the Sky lookt black
The Fire, the forced Air, in sunder crack;
The sea did threat the heav'ns, the heavn's the earth,
All looked like a Chaos or new birth:
Fire broyled Earth, & scorched Earth it choaked
Both by their darings, water so provoked
That roaring in it came, and with its source
Soon made the Combatants abate their force
The rumbling hissing, puffing was so great
The worlds confusion, it did seem to threat
Till gentle Air, Contention so abated
That betwixt hot and cold, she arbitrated
The others difference, being less did cease
All storms now laid, and they in perfect peace
That Fire should first begin, the rest consent,
The noblest and most active Element.


Comments about The Four Elements. by Anne Bradstreet

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (8/26/2017 11:53:00 PM)


    The Fire, Air, Earth and water did contest
    Which was the strongest, noblest and the best,
    Who was of greatest use and might'est force;
    In placide Terms they thought now to discourse,

    Beautifully described about the elements.
    Thanks for sharing it.
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  • Susan Williams (8/26/2017 2:59:00 PM)


    The Fire, Air, Earth and water did contest
    Which was the strongest, noblest and the best,
    Who was of greatest use and might'est force;
    In placide Terms they thought now to discourse,
    That in due order each her turn should speak; - - - - - - - - - - - - -Might as well expect political debate to remain polite. What a wordsmith this poet was.
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  • Anil Kumar Panda (8/26/2017 8:12:00 AM)


    Fire is the winner of the game. Very nice. enjoyed the game the four elements play and thanks for sharing such a nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • Lantz Pierre (8/26/2017 5:32:00 AM)


    PoemHunter kerfuffles again.

    This is just the prelude to the larger poem which includes lengthy discourses by each of the elements in question to argue why each one be considered supreme over the others. This is a travesty to publish only a piece of the poem and makes no sense without the following four sections.

    Please report this poem to admins until they replace it with the full text which can be found here:

    http: //www.public-domain-poetry.com/anne-bradstreet/four-elements-9459
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    Robert Murray Smith Robert Murray Smith (8/26/2017 6:23:00 AM)

    Thank you for clarifying this Lantz.

    Robert

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (8/26/2017 4:44:00 AM)


    An interesting write on four elements like Fire, Air, Earth and Water. Beautiful poem. Enjoyed reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (8/26/2017 2:08:00 AM)


    Contest! ! With the muse of life. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Benjuzzy Okpuzor (8/26/2017 12:46:00 AM)


    Nice One, I like the setting, you're good keep it up my lady (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (8/26/2017 12:28:00 AM)


    Such an interesting poem about the four elements.... Really enjoyed reading... Thanks for posting.... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 2, 2010



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