Part I: Short Answer
1. Anne Bradstreet uses birds as a metaphor for her children. She goes on to say, “Four Cocks were there, and Hens the rest.” This means that four were boys and the others were girls. She also says, “Till at the last they felt their wing, Mounted the Trees and learned to sing.” This meant that the children eventually grew up and went on to conquer the challenge of adult hood.
2. The destinies of the eight children were: (1) The first one left to see the world. (2) The second one found a husband and left home with him. (3) The third one also found a mate and lives where the Aurora first appears (maybe a beach or some type of coast). (4) The fourth one went off to “The Academy”. (5) The fifth is spending some time away from his mother trying to find his independence. (6, 7, and 8) The last three are still with their mother.
3. The tone is somewhat sad because she misses her first five children. She says, “If birds could weep, then would my tears…” showing that she has a sense of sorrow towards her children leaving. She goes on to say, “Farewell, my birds, farewell, adieu, I happy am, if well with you.” This line shows that even through her pain, she is slowly learning to let go.
4. She wishes that they tell their children about how much they love her.
5. Bradstreet states, “And 'fore she once would let you fly, She shew'd you joy and misery, Taught what was good, and what was ill, What would save life, and what would kill. Thus gone, amongst you I may live, And dead, yet speak and counsel give. Farewell, my birds, farewell, adieu, I happy am, if well with you.” She basically said that before they left home there was “joy and misery” and they were taught right from wrong. She also said that they were taught how to live and what to do to avoid death. Lastly, she says that if they are happy, then she is happy as well.
Part II: Creative Writing
The Extra Weight...