Saturday, February 9, 2019
Bradstreets The Author to Her Book :: Bradstreet Author to Her Book Essays
In Anne Bradstreets poem The Author to Her Book, the controlling metaphor is the image of a baby being born and c ard for. This birth imagery expresses the complex lieu of the loud speaker unit system by demonstrating that the speakers low regard for her own work and her actions are contradictory.      The first effect of the birth imagery is to pre displace the speakers disc as a reflection of what she sees in herself. Unfortunately, the tyke displays blemishes and crippling handicaps, which represent what the speaker sees as deep faults and imperfections in herself. She is not exactly embarrassed merely ashamed of these flaws, even considering them unfit for light. Although she is repulsed by its flaws, the speaker understands that her book is the offspring of her own feeble brain, and the lamentable errors it displays are thusly her own.      When the speakers book is returned by the publisher, the speakers attempt to wash (the) face of her ch ild only worsens the image of herself that she sees in it. Washing the child, rubbing off a blemish, and stretching its joints but failing to improve his imperfections all contribute to an image of the speaker rewriting her book, desperately trying to raise its quality up to her senior high school standards, but discovering in the process that its imperfections and errors run too deep to be corrected, as do her own.      In the second half of the poem, a wise facet of the speakers office is displayed. In line 17, she wants to improve the ugliness of her child by giving him new clothes however, she is too poor to do so, having nought save homespun cloth with which to dress her child. In the last stanza, the speaker reveals poverty as her motive for allowing her book to be sent to a publisher (sending her child out into the world) in the first place. This makes her attitude seem to contradict her actions.