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Contact Author If our words could walk and talk Many writers can probably understand the struggle it is to write and then the fear of sharing what they have written. Of course, Bradstreet sounds like she is being a little too hard on herself, but her poem is touching in its slightly self-deprecating humor.
I get the sense that Bradstreet was trying to make the best out of an embarrassing situation by acknowledging her feelings and actually scolding her poem. Almost all the lines of the poem are end-stop, meaning they have some sort of punctuation at the end.
As a result, the poem has a quick-paced, clipped rhythm broken up by pauses, or caesuras, in the middle and end of each line. There are only two instances of enjambment, or a thought running over more than one line without a punctuation break. Often enjambed lines add emphasis and make the speaker sound more urgent, as if the author is speaking something so important that she cannot stop for breath.
For instance, the author tells her child: I know some parents who have half-jokingly told their children not to say what family they come from when they leave the house; Bradstreet echoes that sentiment, but she may be more serious than jesting. As a pentameter couplet, each line has ten syllables with alternating stresses.
The meter is steady in this matter and matches the warning tone of the poem. As a mother to her work, the author speaks directly to her work as if it were a real child: The book trudges, rambles, hobbles, and roams.
The author effectively compares her poetry to an awkward wayfarer, both having uneven feet another clever play on words: Bradstreet may sound like she is exaggerating her shame and blowing the whole situation out of proportion, but it is important to understand that authors generally like to polish their work before having it published.
Is Bradstreet sincere in her self-deprecation? She refers to her feeble brain and her poetry as being unfit for light. She may be showing extreme modesty in earnest or for comedic effect.
Either way, Bradstreet captures the feelings of frustration and self-doubt that writers sometimes feel. Perhaps it would help those writers to imagine their works as wayward children who need to be whipped into shape.
Works Cited Bradstreet, Anne. Strand, Mark, and Eavan Boland, eds. The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms.Upon even further analysis I came to the conclusion that the poem was an analysis by the author of her book, but in reality no one but Anne will ever know the true meaning.
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Describes how the poem illustrates an extended metaphor, relating Bradstreet and her poetry to a mother and her child. This metaphor is further analyzed and explained. In America and England during the early 's, it was.
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