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Author to her Book, The Analysis



Author: Poetry of Anne Bradstreet Type: Poetry Views: 1642





Thou ill-form'd offspring of my feeble brain,

Who after birth did'st by my side remain,

Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true,

Who thee abroad expos'd to public view,

Made thee in rags, halting to th' press to trudge,

Where errors were not lessened (all may judge).

At thy return my blushing was not small,

My rambling brat (in print) should mother call.

I cast thee by as one unfit for light,

Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight,

Yet being mine own, at length affection would

Thy blemishes amend, if so I could.

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 hobbling than is meet.

In better dress to trim thee was my mind,

But nought save home-spun Cloth, i' th' house I find.

In this array, 'mongst Vulgars mayst thou roam.

In Critics' hands, beware thou dost not come,

And take thy way where yet thou art not known.

If for thy Father askt, say, thou hadst none;

And for thy Mother, she alas is poor,

Which caus'd her thus to send thee out of door.





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I think the theme of this poem addresses the relationship between an artist and their art--how an artist can\'t get over the imperfection of their own creation. The narrator from the start ascribed negative characteristics to the book--\"ill-formed\"--and described the book as the product of her \"feeble brain\"; thus, already the reader can understand how this narrator, who has an imperfect mind, believes she has given birth to an imperfect object. She continues to focus on the concept of \"judging\", \"critic\", and \"errors\". She herself would try to amend the blemishes of the book but could not. She tells the creation that they should be amongst the ordinary people and stay away from critics. She then claims she casts the book away because she is poor, but she herself was a critic of the book, right? This contradiction in her claim suggests that she actually casts the book away because she couldn\'t accept its imperfections. The loss of control over the rhyme scheme in lines 19-22 may reinforce this contradiction in her advice to the book.

| Posted on 2013-04-29 | by a guest


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Houses and cars are quite expensive and not everybody can buy it. However, personal loans was invented to help different people in such kind of situations.

| Posted on 2013-02-18 | by a guest


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Various people in every country get the home loans from various creditors, because this is easy and fast.

| Posted on 2013-02-01 | by a guest


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Anne certainly gives credence to the age old adage, \"Not having a leg to stand on\" . . The metaphor of child development is extremely astute because of the inextricable tie between the mind and the body!!! She captured the essence of life to a T, and set forth a sound argument for you and me!!!
Regards,
John Garot
Adjunct Instructor,
Green Bay, x

| Posted on 2012-05-28 | by a guest


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could you explain the tone of this poem? (pastoral, lyric or somthing etc.)

| Posted on 2011-11-27 | by a guest


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This poem is Anne showing her embarrassment for her book being published before it was edited and revised as she wished. It shows how much of a perfectionist that she is and how much she doesn\'t want people to judge it. Bradstreet may have written this to make people be more lenient in judging her work, they won\'t make such a harsh judgment if they recognize she wasn\'t ready for it to be published.

| Posted on 2011-09-29 | by a guest


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At first glance the poem seems to be a description by a mother of her child. After further searching I myself thought that the Speaker may be vilifying him or herself. Upon even further analysis I came to the conclusion that the poem was an analysis by the author of her book, but in reality no one but Anne will ever know the true meaning.

| Posted on 2011-09-20 | by a guest


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the fact that people are specifying that it isn\'t in referance to a child and is in fact a metaphor to a book could just be as wrong as others. In truth no one but Bradstreet will ever truly understand the message conveyed here and we can speculate and decifer our own messages from this, be it her talk of a child, her book or perhaps something a bit more in depth, the fact of the matter is that anyone of us can interpret this correctly and it\'s someones personal interpretation that gives poetry it\'s true form, passion and importance in the English language as we know it today. So do not judge others for \"mis-interpretations\" instead look at why that got that from the poem and it may open your eyes to whole other path of meanings and ideas.

| Posted on 2011-06-04 | by a guest


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A wonderful, humourous & modest metaphor with poet addressing her book metaphorically as a child throughout. Poet conveys a sense of unwillingness to have her book published herself and he \'embarrassment\' when \'true\' friends have it published for her. The book is made to seem like a pathetic creature indeed.

| Posted on 2011-04-20 | by a guest


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Well, we can call this a beautifully complex metaphor...really good.i must say...
the poem is a reflection of her nature of perfection. \'shouldn\'t be below the best\'. thus she gives excuse to PROSPECTIVE CRITICS. After all, the idea(book) went out without her consent...
Tosan Akapa

| Posted on 2011-01-20 | by a guest


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Well, we can call this a beautifully complex metaphor...really good.i must say...
the poem is a reflection of her nature of perfection. \'shouldn\'t be below the best\'. thus she gives excuse to PROSPECTIVE CRITICS. After all, the idea(book) went out without her consent...

| Posted on 2011-01-20 | by a guest


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This poem is an extended mteaphor also know as a conceit metaphor. The child or offspring in this poem is really the book \"The Tneth Muse\" published in 1650 without Anne Bradstreet\'s permission. She expresses the need or want to stretch the feet of the child which is her literal wish to perfect the meter and flow of the peoms published in the book without her permission by her \"friends less wise then true.\" It is one BIG METAPHOR!

| Posted on 2010-12-07 | by a guest


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Uh, no way.
She is not discussing a child at ALL in this.
That is clearly stated by the caesura dashes \"-in print-.\"
The whole poem is a personification of a book she has written. She calls it a child, or a \"rambling brat.\" Her friends and family have taken this book away from her when she feels as though she has yet finished it. She has been tweeking it over and over again. The poem discusses how she feels after it has been published when she thinks it is not yet ready for publication. Her perfectionism is also shown through the perfect rhyme of heroic couplets.
Ah, the teachings of simple 10th grade private school english. :)

| Posted on 2010-10-28 | by a guest


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It\'s about how she self doubts herself mostly because she was a Puritan, and maybe in fact she did not want to be recognize because of her beliefs, and knowing that she was talented enabled her to feel good about it, cause being \"famous\" or \"known\" wasn\'t something a Puritan whom was consider to live simply and modest. For her maybe it was the fact that being recognize would make her worldly.

| Posted on 2010-09-26 | by a guest


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This is a great poem. I enjoyed going through it in lit class. Take a look at my analysis it could help x

| Posted on 2010-07-21 | by a guest


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The poem by Anne Bradstreet, is an extended metaphor about her book being personified as a child, her own child. She writes with anger and dissatisfaction which is directed towards her self as critisism of her own work.

| Posted on 2010-05-16 | by a guest


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OMG it wasnt a child that had to go out and make money it was her poetry... Its called a metaphor

| Posted on 2010-05-06 | by a guest


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Bradstrreet's innate ability to relate the frustration of the writing process through the brilliance of this metaphor is breathtaking. I pictured her child, dirty and hobbling, relentlessly unprepared for public view. I saw her scrubbing it clean futily, and becoming even more frustrated. Particularly as a woman, her desire for perfection before leaving her work vulnerable to public criticism is absolutely understandable. Besides, the merit and legitimacy of female poets was at stake. I'm glad she went to such painstaking measures!

| Posted on 2010-04-22 | by a guest


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The only way she did become published was when her brother in law took her manuscript without her knowledge to a London publishing house. The book of poetry was an instant hit and quite successful in 1650. She wrote for herself -- not for others -- her first book of poetry was not a finely tuned instrument of poetry becuiase it was published without her knowledge.

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest


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The only way she did become published was when her brother in law took her manuscript without her knowledge to a London publishing house. The book of poetry was an instant hit and quite successful in 1650. She wrote for herself -- not for others -- her first book of poetry was not a finely tuned instrument of poetry becuiase it was published without her knowledge.

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest


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The only way she did become published was when her brother in law took her manuscript without her knowledge to a London publishing house. The book of poetry was an instant hit and quite successful in 1650. She wrote for herself -- not for others -- her first book of poetry was not a finely tuned instrument of poetry becuiase it was published without her knowledge.

| Posted on 2010-03-20 | by a guest


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Bradstreet was not poor. She in fact was encouraged to write by her well-to-do husband, secretary to the Mass Bay Company. The metaphor is that like said before she is a mother to her poetry, and hated what it was as it wasn't perfection. She questioned scripture many times, but came to God through what she saw daily, rather than prose. She would not have been published, much less even known if it weren't for her wealth and superior education.

| Posted on 2010-01-20 | by a guest


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She also felt like she didn't have a choice by having her poems published because she needed the money to make a living, "she alas is poor", so even though she wasn't happy with the final publication it made her a living. She provides an angry and frustrating attitude and tone because she technically didn't have a choice because it was publicized with out her knowing and metaphorically she didn't have a choice because she needed money to support her children. Also, her reference to "joints" refers to her illness which affects her joints and "halting" "trudge" and "hobbling" mean unsteady, weak, walking with a limp, etc. which in her real life was due to her constant illness and weak nature.

| Posted on 2009-11-29 | by a guest


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i need more analysis for this poem because on friday i have exam ols writte to me somtheng more tnx

| Posted on 2009-11-15 | by a guest


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Bradshaw is the mother to her poetry and she feels like a failure because she let her "child" get away. she even extends the metaphor by saying she tried to wash its face meaning she tried revising it but she still didnt feel it was good enough. her poetry was exposed without her consent and thats why she warns her poetry to stay away from critics hands.

| Posted on 2009-10-21 | by a guest


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As a Puritan woman, she's obligated to outwardly seem demure and very embarrassed by the whole affair. Read a little bit deeper, though, and she's showing how the patriarchal society in which she lived could make even a very obviously talented woman such as herself feel tremendous self-doubt.
She talks about how the meter is off. If you read her works, however, they're all very structurally sound. She's an interesting poet in that her work generally has a (historically) subversive subtext, if you know where to look.

| Posted on 2009-10-14 | by a guest


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This poem is a complex metaphor about the author comparing her book to a child. The author to her book is like a mother to her child. She repeatedly compares her book to her child, and talks about how she would never have her child in rags, and compares her book to a child in rags because it was not finished or edited yet.

| Posted on 2009-10-07 | by a guest


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it talks about judgment, criticism, and disapproval of her work without knowing what its about or what its meaning is

| Posted on 2009-09-24 | by a guest


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i think that she was hurt because her poetry was released and allowed to be critized with her knowing nothing about it. but since it was successful she earned a living with it

| Posted on 2009-08-21 | by a guest


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it wasnt that she found her work irksome, but rather, she felt it wasnt good enough to be seen by others eyes. it wasnt in an interest to make money that her work was published, but against her will by "friends, less wise than true".it is mentioned that she is poor and sent it "out of door" but she never intended for her writing to be made public and was unhappy with how it turned out, no matter how many times she revisited and edited it.

| Posted on 2009-02-11 | by a guest


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Lines 11-18 also relate to teens and children today. Those aren't really considered defects anymore. Just everyday occurences within teenagers.
Also it was interesting that the "child" was the one that had to go out and make money.

| Posted on 2008-09-28 | by a guest


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youre right. sometime trying to fix an error only makes the flaw bigger

| Posted on 2008-09-05 | by a guest


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anne bradstreet portrayed in an amazing fashion the trouble that poets find in their own work. sometimes the things that one may try to correct in a piece of work, make bigger mistakes to ourselves for the work at large. poets are in fact the "parents" of their individual works, a fact that she states in the last lines. it seems that she felt the works were "irksome" and not fit for public view, but that in making a living she had no choice but to publicly display what she has created. the perfectionist nature is a difficult thing to control when one knows they will be met with scrutny.

| Posted on 2005-03-08 | by stolie77




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