When analyzing Berryman’s poetry in regards to the time era it was written and the audience of those times, it is clear that some of his works may have been seen as controversial considering the Puritan society that he was living in when his works were written.
John Berryman wrote in the 20th century, which means that Puritans who lived in the 17th century could not have read his works. However, we can imagine what their reaction would have been like.
Berryman wrote in a "confessional" style. This means that his poems resembled confessions. He talked about his own personal issues and struggles, sometimes with topics that are considered taboo.
It is likely that the Puritans would have found these topics to be too inappropriate to be widely discussed and distributed. Moreover, the fact that the poems are so personal and not necessarily critical might have appeared to be self-indulgent to the Puritans.
John Berryman (1914 - 1972) was a confessional poet. He used explicit language to describe personal, intimate, private feelings that were seen as socially unacceptable, even in his time. He was alienated for his beliefs and independent mind, just like Anne Bradstreet was by the Puritans. Bradstreet and Berryman had similar ways of thinking and both went mostly unrecognized as artists. That was the reason why Berryman wrote Homage to Mistress Bradstreet in the first place. His poetry would not have been well received in Bradstreet's time, had they been able to read it.