August 29, 2013
Bradstreet’s poem “The Author to Her Book” looks at the author’s humiliation at having her work published and exposed to the critical public. Bradstreet uses a child as a metaphor for her book. This explains when she is embarrassed when it is snatched from her and reflects on her as the mother. Regardless of the author’s attachment to her “child,” she is still ashamed to send it out the door. Almost all the lines of the poem rhyme, this sort of speeds up the pace of poem. The poem also has a steady meter. The steady meter sort of matches the tone of the poem which, I thought, was a warning tone kind of. The speaker’s feelings of resentment and embarrassment are conflicted by her feelings of affection and pride for the book. The controlling metaphor in the poem shows the speaker as having more than one feeling for her book as a mother would have for her child. The speaker was unsatisfied with her work and does not wish to show it to anyone, but since she is “poor”, she had to send the work out into the public. Personification of the book as a child creates understanding within the reader and makes it easier for the reader to relate to the pain and love felt by the narrator. “I washed thy face” the narrator writes, speaking to the book, giving it life even as the book’s qualities as an inanimate object are examined (line 13). This author has very good writing techniques. She shows readers how she feels by using pathos and other writing styles.
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