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The author to her book is a poem written by Anne Bradstreet in the 17th century. The poem revolves around the narrators baby which seems to be a personification for a book or collection of poems she has written.

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16/02/11 Ebba Henningsson English English Commentary- The Author to her book "The author to her book" is a poem written by Anne Bradstreet in the 17th century. The poem revolves around the narrator's baby which seems to be a personification for a book or collection of poems she has written. The flaws that the narrator sees in her work of literature are portrayed by a series of metaphors and similes in relation to her baby throughout the poem. The speaker in the poem appears to be the "mother", alternatively the author of the collections of poem or the book, of the baby is a personification of. In the first line "Thou ill form'd offspring of my feeble brain" the speaker refers to themselves stating "my brain" also claiming the "offspring" as their own stating it was from their brain. In the final stanza the speaker asserts that "if for thy father askt,say, thou hadst none: And for thy Mother, she alas is poor", here the speaker refers to the mother in the third person however it is still possible to assume that the mother is in fact the speaker in the poem as she claims that the child had no father and that she is the creator of the offspring. ...read more.


where the speaker states that the child is in fact in print. The poem consist mostly of metaphors and similes all showing how flawed the child, or work of literature, is. The mother says "I wash'd thy face, but more defects I saw, and rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw. I stretcht thy joints to make thee even feet, yet still thou run'st more bobbling". No matter how much the speaker tries to improve her work of literature she still feels that it is flawed. She compares this to a child whose face is dirty however when washed of it is still not immaculate. The mother says "In better dress to trim thee was my mind, but nought save home-spun cloth, i'th' house I find", even though the mother wishes to dress the child better she does not have enough cloth to do so which could be an attempt from the speaker to describe that no matter how she tried to improve her work of literature she was incapable of doing so because she did not have the necessary means to do so. ...read more.


Figuratively however it could mean that her mind was too poor which is what cause her to "send thee out the door", the door however metaphorically describing the act of dismissing something due to being ashamed of it. Throughout the poem the speaker criticizes her child starting from the first line where she states that it was created from her "feeble brain", giving the impression that her mind was too weak to create something good, down to the end of the poem where the speaker states that "'mongst vulgars mayst thou roam", presumably feeling that her piece of literature is not worthy of anything classier. Using examples of normal troubles with children such as them having dirtied their face, or wearing tawdry clothing, Anne Bradstreet manages to portray the flaws in her piece of literature; however when it is normally possible to solve the problems with children by for example washing their face or switching their clothing, the speaker in the poem finds herself incapable of doing so and so the poem can be seen as a form of self criticism. ...read more.

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