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Anne Bradstreet's 'The Author Of her Book' Analysis

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'The Author of her book' is a poem in which the narrator tells us about a book she has written. In the poem she directly talks to the book that was published without her approval, referring to it as her 'ill-formed offspring', snatched and exploited into a world of disapproval and criticism. She talks as if she is ashamed of the book and tells the reader ways in which she has tried to better it, saying she even 'stretched thy joint to make thee even feet'. The poem is written in a free verse structure, and is arranged into rhyming couplets, where each two lines have the same metre and rhyme scheme. This, along with the iambic pentameter, help give the poem flow and help her express her indecision and thoughts about her 'rambling brat'. The regular rhyme scheme may also link to her regularity in terms of constantly trying to better the book and avoid it being criticised. ...read more.


This makes the poem more personal to the narrator and more realistic for the reader to believe. She directly addresses the book she has written, ordering it to make sure it doesn't fall into 'critic's hands'. First person singular pronouns are used, in sentences such as 'I cast thee by as one unfit for light'. The poem also uses first person singular possessive pronouns such as 'mine' on line 11. The pronouns make the poem more personal to the narrator as she explores and reveals her feelings and thoughts. It also conveys the relationship between the poet and her 'creation'. Archaic second person singular and possessive pronouns are used, for instance, 'Thou ill-formed...' and 'Who thee abroad exposed...' These reflect the period in which the poet was writing, and at the time of writing, the use of such pronouns would have reflected a level of familiarity between the two people, in this case the narrator and her 'child', rather than using 'you' which was instead used for a more polite way of addressing someone often of different status. ...read more.


'Washed', and 'stretched' are very powerful monosyllabic verbs, which could represent her frustration about the book and could also have negative connotations of harshness. There are a number of noun phrases, for instance 'feeble brain' and 'homespun cloth', which could reflect the fact that it was generally acceptable for women to publish if they needed money. Parenthesis is also used, in cases such as on line 8, where the narrator says, '...brat (in print) should...' The parenthesis is used partly for humour and also to inform the reader a bit more and make the poem feel more conversational, as if the persona is talking directly to you. It also adds pace to the poem and makes you pause at particular moments to think about what has just been said. Bradstreet aims to show her self-evolution as an author, and she is accepting of the fact that she may have work that is not perfect. This allows her to move on after attempting to edit it, without getting to bothered about it. ...read more.

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