Paper on The Author of Her book

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The Author of Her book


In “The Author to Her Book,” Bradstreet is awash in indecision and internal conflicts over
the merits and shortfalls of her creative abilities and the book that she produced. This
elaborate internal struggle between pride and shame is manifested through a painstaking
conceit in which she likens her book to her own child.


An essential step in analyzing a poem is to provide a structural outline of the poem. Anne
Bradstreet’s poem, “The Author to Her Book,” can be divided into seven sections. First,
line one provides the general description of how she views her creation. She repeatedly
speaks directly to her work in apostrophe, as if it were her own child. Second, lines two
through five depict how she feels embarrassed that her private works were published
without her consent and before she was finished editing and correcting them. Then in lines
six through nine, Bradstreet equates the embarrassment she feels due to her
as-yet-unperfected work to the shame a parent feels due to an ill-tempered child. She
continues in line 10 through 14 to tell her desire to erase any error in the poem, but in
lines 15 through 17 she realizes that this cannot be done because it is already in print.
Finally in lines 19 and 20, a mother’s unconditional love shows as she sends her child
away with admonitions. In the end, Bradstreet leaves her child with the thought, be known
for your own value.

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