The Author to Her Book Analysis

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Anne Bradstreet’s publication, ‘The Author to Her Book”, dating back to 1678 is an atypical poem that accurately depicts the meaning of a controlling metaphor. Through the use of devices such as tone, diction, and characterization, Bradstreet is able to convey her complex attitude of the public’s criticism of her “unfinished” work. As early as the first sentence, Bradstreet already expresses a critical tone in her writing. By making use of the words “ill-formed” and “feeble” it is easy to understand that the author is not comfortable with her own work as she views it as an actual pre-mature baby. In addition, she portrays similar tones such as desperation and mournfulness. In fact, in lines 30 to 24 her tone is at it’s most somber state as she expresses her guilt for being a bad mother to her “child” and believes she has not sent this child away prepared for the world’s cruel criticism. Furthermore, the diction is a device that coincides with the tone of the poem. Her choice of words all share a very strong connotation. As previously mentioned she uses the words ill formed and feeble to describe her unfinished writing’s fragility. In line 10, she continues by saying, “thy visage was so irksome in my sight,” to explain the shame and discomfort that she carries with her due to the fact that her “baby” was exposed to the public still so unpolished. She applies the words blemishes, flaw, and hobbling into her diction in order to express her piece as something that is not well put together, and no matter how much she attempts to polish it, she feels as if she has failed at improving it. Lastly, Bradstreet’s characterization of her work comes to life through the evident controlling metaphor of the poem, which is claiming that her writing is her “offspring”. Throughout the entire poem, the controlling metaphor becomes this idea that her writing is her child,
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