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1 Price Kid’s Say Anything: Anne Bradstreet’s Metaphorical Child Exposes Her Secret Anne Bradstreet’s poem, The Author to Her Book , engages the circumstances surrounding the release of her first book of poetry. In the poem, Bradstreet constructs an elaborate conceit in which she personifies the book as her child. She continues the elaborate metaphor by addressing her “offspring” directly as a mechanism to further the subject. The metaphor is beautiful in its accuracy. Poets, like parents, simultaneously have both the greatest pride and the most cutting criticisms for those products of their passion, and while no poem or child can ever precisely live up to its parent’s expectations, they nonetheless are loved. Like any child can be, Bradstreet’s poem is too honest and reveals a notable deception in the poem: Her book was not published without her advanced knowledge. A close reading of the poem provides evidence of such. Bradstreet’s first four lines both construct a metaphor and within that construct make a claim:

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