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The Author to Her Book Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.
  1. Why does the speaker judge her work so harshly? Do you think Bradstreet felt this way about her poems, or is this just a posture? Why do you think so?
  2. Do you get sick of the constant, “my book isn’t good enough” routine? Do you think the speaker intended you to feel that way? Why or why not?
  3. What’s with the no-father business? If you had to guess, who might the “father” of the book be?
  4. The speaker compares her book to a child. What effect does this have? What does it say about the book, other than the fact that the speaker is its mother?
  5. What is the effect of the poem’s strict rhyme and meter (heroic couplets)? Does it make the poem boring, tedious, fun? Why?
  6. What does this poem say about female authorship in general, if anything?
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