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Anne Bradstreet beautifully demonstrates the intimate relationship that exists between an artist and her work in the poem The Author to Her Book. In the poem she directly addresses the book that was published without her consent, referring to it as her child, kidnapped and exploited in a world of criticism. By exposing the her work to the world, she feels that her own inadequacies are revealed as well, thus creating an internal struggle between pride and shame. This paper will take a detailed look at the poem line by line, and draw out the deeper meanings that Bradstreet injected in regard to the book The Tenth Muse Lately Sprung Up in America, her illegitimate brainchild.
In the first line Bradstreet refers to the book as an “ill formed offspring of [her] feeble brain.” This not only expresses her opinion of the work, but also that of her own abilities as a poet. She seems to feel no confidence, and says so upfront, as if to apologize to anyone who might have encountered her work. Although its flaws embarrass and shame her, she understands that her book is the offspring of her own "feeble brain", and the lamentable errors it displays are therefore her own.
In lines two through four she shows that her ‘child’, once safely kept close to her side, suddenly “snatched” away by friends “less wise than true,” and then “exposed to public view” before it had a chance to mature in her care. It’s in Bradstreet’s strong descriptive language that she is able to express her feelings of betrayal. Though she doesn’t outright say it, she obviously felt deceived, and suffered the same exposure that the book had.
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Lines nine and ten express her disappointment in the immaturity of the published poems. She deems them “unfit for light” and even goes on to say that they are “irksome in [her] sight”. One has to wonder if she is merely offended by the rawness of the work, or if reading the work reminds her of her own insecurities and creates an urgent need to put them out of view. Either way, she wishes that she could banish them from her sight, as well as the sight of everyone else.
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Line nineteen through twenty-one express her fear and sadness that the work will be rated among common people, and not as special as it was intended. The book is now in the hands of strangers who do not know or care about the nature of the poetry. As a parent I know that one of my biggest fears is for my daughter to be placed among people that do not know her, with no one to care for her. Bradstreet’s sense of motherhood over the subjugated book must leave her feeling helpless, as if it were a child from her loins and not her brain.
In the last three lines, twenty-two through twenty-four, Bradstreet leaves her child with an apology of its existence. The poem ends on a defeated note, almost as a plea for anyone reading to forgive her for the inability to be a master. She implies that she did her best, but could not measure up to her own imagined standards.
The poem as a whole was written in iambic pentameter with the line organization of a heroic couplet, (i.e., aa,bb,cc,dd…). The poet’s most remarkable poetic device is the use of metaphors. Through her deft use of extended metaphor, Bradstreet weaves an intricate web of parallels between parent and author and between child and book--both relationships of creator to creation. This use of metaphor allows the reader to relate emotionally to Bradstreet’s situation.
“The Author to Her Book” reveals a deeper, unnamed feeling, which many of us have experienced. Having one’s inner-self exposed to the world for all to view and critique is a situation to which every writer can relate. Bradstreet’s poem makes us understand not only her nature but also our own. She uses her poem to interpret her hidden emotions and to give them a voice. By analyzing Bradstreet’s poem, we are better able to explore the words to see how they move and how they move us.