I saw her scrubbing it clean futily, and becoming even more frustrated. She gives the work many human characteristics to enhance the effect of the conceit. It was always by her side after its birth but then, friends took it abroad and exposed it to public view. Yet Bradstreet overdoes such modesty false modesty? I wash'd thy face, but more defects I saw, And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw. In this poem, Anne Bradstreet uses the conceit of the relationship between mother and child, a common situation that many people can sympathize with and understand.
Oblivion and obscurity, Bradstreet decides, is the best fate for her book. She also claims that her book was stolen from her. She continued to write poetry in the ensuing decades. When applying this meaning to writing, to trim a book may mean to add further ornamental detail or language. Posted on 2005-03-08 by stolie77 Post your Analysis Message This may only be an analysis of the writing.
For her maybe it was the fact that being recognize would make her worldly. The reader is left with the understanding that Anne both despises and yet still feels fondness for her book, thus using metaphor Anne showed the poems true meaning, she has conflicting emotions about her novel. This birth imagery expresses the complex attitude of the speaker by demonstrating that the speaker's low regard for her own work and her actions are contradictory. I washed thy face, but more defects I saw, And rubbing off a spot still made a flaw. Therefore, Bradstreet cannot just write a straightforward poem to tell how she feels about her stolen thoughts. Finally in lines 19 and. Bradstreet wrote the poem in iambic pentameter.
It is unclear if Bradstreet ever truly intended to have the poems published at all or if she wished to downplay her ambitions as an author due to these Puritanical beliefs. By projecting such emotions onto the book, the speaker further personifies it as an ill-kept child, unready for the outside world. At the tender age of sixteen, Anne met Simon Bradstreet, a man who shared the same Puritan ideals as her father. She utilizes tone imagery and diction to present her dislike and insecurities about her own work, a consequence of human defects that have brought to life an insufficient piece of literature. But we digress… Bradstreet says she wanted to dress her child in nicer clothes — i.
Both the daughter and wife of Massachusetts governors, Bradstreet suffered all of the hardships of colonial life, was a mother, and still found time to write. I'm glad she went to such painstaking measures! Regards, John Garot Adjunct Instructor, Green Bay, x Posted on 2012-05-28 by a guest. I really enjoyed the Native American literature that we started out with in the beginning of the semester. An essential step in analyzing a poem is to provide a structural outline of the poem. Posted on 2013-04-29 by a guest. Instead, Bradstreet had to use a situation in which her readers could comprehend the many emotions she experienced.
In critic's hands beware thou dost not come, And take thy way where yet thou art not known; If for thy father asked, say thou hadst none; And for thy mother, she alas is poor, Which caused her thus to send thee out of door. I washed thy face, but more defects I saw, And rubbing off a spot still made a flaw. At thy return my blushing was not small, My rambling brat in print should mother call, I cast thee by as one unfit for light, The visage was so irksome in my sight; Yet being mine own, at length affection would Thy blemishes amend, if so I could. Posted on 2010-04-22 by a guest. Tosan Akapa Posted on 2011-01-20 by a guest. No requests for explanation or general short comments allowed. In Greek and Roman mythology, were a group of nine deities that inspired art of all kinds painting, sculpture, poetry, drama, etc.
Thanks also for the background. I think the Native Americans are beautiful people who appreciated the land more than most. By projecting such emotions onto the book, the speaker further personifies it as an ill-kept child, unready for the outside world. Sadly, in trying to correct these faults, she only succeeded in making it worse. Autoplay next video Thou ill-form'd offspring of my feeble brain, Who after birth did'st by my side remain, Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true, Who thee abroad expos'd to public view, Made thee in rags, halting to th' press to trudge, Where errors were not lessened all may judge. Regardless of how she feels about her work she is still embarrassed to send it into the world, but needs the money. The problem was that she did not want her book published.
When Bradstreet is given a second chance after her book is returned, she has an attitude of satisfaction. Her selection of terminologies in Author to her book reveals that while confessing an intimate and close relationship with it, she is deeply frustrated with her book. If you read her works, however, they're all very structurally sound. The use of this metaphor helps us to relate emotionally to her. If for thy Father askt, say, thou hadst none; And for thy Mother, she alas is poor, Which caus'd her thus to send thee out of door. Finally, she starts to worry about the reviewers and warns her little child of a book to stay away from those super-critical dudes, and just keep quiet.