In “The Author to Her Book” Anne Bradstreet uses metaphors to expresses the complicated emotions of writing her book comparing it to raising a child. Throughout the poem the author gives the negative feels of raising a child implying that writing the book was tedious and difficult. The writer uses many examples of metaphoric language and personification.
In line 1 the author described her book as “ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain” giving the negative emotion of her book being just a small idea that came out of her mind that might not be monumental. In line 7 the writer compares her book to a rambling brat that is unfit for light. In a parent’s perspective a rambling brat is a misbehaving child that should not be outside in public. The writer feels that her book is inadequate and should never see the light of day.
In lines 13 through 18 the writer expresses the changes she makes to the book; attempting to enhance its quality. Examples of the changes she did were “I washed thy face but more defects I saw, and rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.” She compares the changing of her book to the cleaning and dressing of the child. This comparison gives the reader an idea of how difficult it was for the author to make changes to her book. No matter how hard she tried she believed that it was never good enough.
In lines 20 through 24 the writer experiences criticism amongst her book. The writer debates whether to release the book or…