Anne Bradstreeet's The Author To Her Book

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Poet, Anne Bradstreeet, in her highly expressive piece, “The Author to Her Book,” reveals her inner thoughts about the first time reading the book she had published. Bradstreet’s purpose is to describe her insecurities about her work in the form of an extended metaphor. She conveys a serious and fearful tone throughout the poem, which reflects her uncertainties about the book.
Bradstreet opens her poem by expressing how she felt about reading her book for the first time after it was published. She refers to her book as a child through the use of an extended metaphor. “Though ill-form’d offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth didst by my side remain” (1-2). This supports the claim that Bradstreet does believe that her book is her child,
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“I wash’d thy face, but more defects I saw, And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw” (13-14). Bradstreet compares herself to her work, imperfect. She tries to get rid of all the imperfections on her face, but they seem to all be getting worse, much like her book. Bradstreet tries again and again to perfect her book, and remove the mistakes, but it seems to be an impossible task. Much like getting rid of a flaw is in herself. Bradstreet strives to rid of all the errors in her book, and by doing so she creates even a larger problem than before. This emphasizes that perfection is unattainable and she has to except the flaws in her book for what they are. This section only further expands the vulnerability that Bradstreet conveys throughout the poem, allowing the reader an insight of what she is thinking. Therefore shifts the tone from fearful to a serious, almost dramatic attitude.
Poet, Anne Bradstreet, in her highly expressive piece, “The Author to Her Book,” uses extended metaphors to allow readers an in, into her mind. Bradstreet was able to share her insecurities through comparisons in this poem. Her tone shifts throughout the poem, opening with a more fearful tone and closing with a more dramatic

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