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Anne Bradstreet

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Anne Bradstreet

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Philosophy, Women's Studies

Perspective and Narrator

The first-person speaker of "The Author to Her Book" is a female author who claims to be disgruntled because her poems have been published without her permission. She engages with the work as if she were a mother and the work were her child.


Most of "The Author to Her Book" is written in the past tense as the speaker develops the poem's extended metaphor. She switches to the present tense in lines 19–23 when she gives advice to the newly published work, as she might give advice to a child leaving home for the first time to go to work.

About the Title

"The Author to Her Book" presents a speaker who addresses her own work and seemingly apologizes for its defects. English American poet Anne Bradstreet (c. 1612–72) uses the extended metaphor of a mother and her child to convey the complex, loving relationship that an author has with her work and the difficulty of publication.


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