In “The Author to Her Book,” we have a poem that has the words “author” and “book” in the title, so no question: literature and writing is this poem’s biggest concern. Yep, this poem is all about one artist’s feelings toward her book. And those feelings are no good; she doesn’t like the book, she looks at it like some deformed child for whom there is, quite simply, no hope. Hmm, well that sounds kind of mean. Oh, and it gets better. Despite the fact that she can’t clean the dirty off this “kid’s” face, or fix any of his faults, she decides to sell him, because, well, she’s poor. Don’t fret too much, though. This is all very figurative and is meant to reflect the feelings of an insecure artist.
Money, money, money. It’s nice to pretend poetry has nothing to do with business, but, sadly, it does. The speaker, for example, must sell a book she’s not happy with because she’s poor.
Writing is really, really tough. How tough is it? It’s as tough as giving birth to, or raising, a child. Now that’s tough.