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It is hard to sympathize with someone when you have no idea where they are coming from or what they are going through It is similar experiences that allow us to extend our sincere appreciation and understanding for another human beings situations and trials of life Anne Bradstreets The Author to Her Book expresses the emotions that Bradstreet felt when her most intimate thoughts were published to the world without her consent The average person would not see the cause for distress that Bradstreet feels in this situation She had written a collection of near perfect poetry which expressed her feelings in a way that the majority of women during that time did not have the talent or training to do Many would wonder why she would be disturbed about these works being printed when they had brought many people pleasurable reading and had brought Bradstreet herself much personal fame Therefore Bradstreet can not just write a straightforward poem to tell how she feels about her stolen thoughts Unless her reader happens to be a writer he or she would not be able to sympathize with Bradstreet in this matter Instead she had to use a situation in which her readers could comprehend the many emotions she experienced No doubt many women read her poetry and the majority of women during that time were or would one day be mothers This similarity opened a door for understanding By comparing her writing to a child Bradstreet is able to win the compassion of her readers and help them understand the feelings that she experiences Bradstreet sees herself s the mother line 23 of this work which she calls an ill-formed offspring line 1 and she gives the work many human characteristics to enhance the effect of the conceit She says that the child had been by her side until snatched from thence by friends less wise than true line 3 Bradstreets works would probably never have
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