Commentary The Author to Her B
in trying to correct the flaws in her book she only succeeded in adding more casts her as a cack-handed and barely competent versifier, and her verse itself. Heres the bottom line: We are all our own worst critics, and no more so than when it comes to anything that can be remotely considered artistic (cooking, baking, origami, knittingwhatever). In Critics' hands, beware thou dost not come, And take thy way where yet thou art not known. The Author to Her Book, thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth didst by my side remain, Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true, Who thee abroad, exposed to public view, Made thee in rags, halting to th press. Well, were guessing that one reason is that cranky, little, invisible gnome who sits on your shoulder and whispers in your ear that youre not good enough. Well, if youve ever had an experience even remotely like this, you know exactly how the speaker of The Author to Her Book feels. A lot of this stuffthe theft of the book, fears about her artistic abilityappears.
Shed been born in England, but was among a group of early English settlers in Massachusetts in the 1630s. Weve all been there, Shmoopers. Doodle in a notebook? But as weve already seen, every attempt to improve the state of her book has only made things worse. If we read hobbling as trisyllabic, we also get a nice hobbling effect in the line, as the iambic feet are disrupted by the awkwardness of the word. Throughout The Author to Her Book, Bradstreet compares the writing of her book to motherhood: her book is her offspring to which she gave birth; she refers to herself as thy mother.
This could be carried even further when considering that I- the author of this commentary - am writing about an author writing about an author. 1669, being but one moneth, and one day" "In Reference to her Children" "To My Dear and Loving Husband" "Another" and "Another (II A Letter to Her Husband, absent upon Publick Employment "The Author to Her Book" "The Prologue" Dialogue Between Old England and New. While she uses some of her poems for teaching purposes in the small school that serves her community, the rest she keeps quietly tucked away.
Sadly, in trying to correct these faults, she only succeeded in making it worse. In The Author to Her Book, one of Bradstreets most widely studied and analysed poems, she addresses. Even after the Greek and Roman cultures were wiped out, the whole idea of being inspired by a muse continued. The book in question in the title is Bradstreets collection. Why not put your talents out on display? While she uses some of her poems for teaching purposes in the small school that serves her community, the rest she keeps quietly tucked away.
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