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When one peruses an anthology of American literature from centuries past, it is not unusual to find that many of the writers represented are men. However, there were many notable female writers in America back then as well. This essay will discuss two American women poets who lived in two different centuries -- Anne Bradstreet in the 1600s and Phillis Wheatley in the 1700s -- and how the time periods they lived in and their backgrounds affected how their poetry was received.