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Essay written by Jamali In The Author to Her Book Bradstreet is awash in indecision and internal conflicts over the merits and shortfalls of her creative abilities and the book that she produced This elaborate internal struggle between pride and shame is manifested through a painstaking conceit in which she likens her book to her own child An essential step in analyzing a poem is to provide a structural outline of the poem Anne Bradstreets poem The Author to Her Book can be divided into seven sections First line one provides the general description of how she views her creation She repeatedly speaks directly to her work in apostrophe as if it were her own child Second lines two through five depict how she feels embarrassed that her private works were published without her consent and before she was finished editing and correcting them Then in lines six through nine Bradstreet equates the embarrassment she feels due to her as-yet-unperfected work to the shame a parent feels due to an ill-tempered child She continues in line 10 through 14 to tell her desire to erase any error in the poem but in lines 15 through 17 she realizes that this cannot be done because it is already in print Finally in lines 19 and 20 a mothers unconditional love shows as she sends her child away with admonitions In the end Bradstreet leaves her child with the thought be known for your own value A second step in analyzing a poem is to identify the main idea or point of the poem In The Author to Her Book Bradstreet uses an extended metaphor to emphasize her dissatisfaction with the publishing of her poems ll 3 7 9 10 but tells how she cannot turn her back on her own creation ll 12 16 19-24 Thus Bradstreet conveys the embarrassment she feels due to her imperfect work The main idea shows
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