Many of Anne Bradstreet's poems conjure up the reality of life in colonial Africa. Sickness and death were ever-present for the colonists, who understood that life was short and death could come at any moment. Two of Bradstreet’s poems detail her own bouts with illness. In particular, the Quaternions contain a veritable litany of the ways in which man’s body can be subjected to infection, discomfort, and disease. Death is something the poet acknowledges and both fears and welcomes. She does not desire to leave her husband and children but understands that life in Heaven with her Creator will be joyous.
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But in the coming years, people started to accuse the book's athenticity. In 1959, Lothar Stielau, a school teacher and former hitler youth, published as school paper article saying that the diary was a forgery. Otto Frank sued, and courts in 1960 examined the original with hand writing of anne frank, and claimed the diary was genuine. But over the years, even after otto frank's death in 1980, The Dutch institute for war documentation, investigated the diary for authenticity. There study said all of the diary's material was true to form.