Bradstreet: A Correspondence Between Parents And Their Children

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Parents often have an obligation to their children to develop and create people who are mature and cultivated enough to reside on their own. Through the use of conceit and elaborate expression, Anne Bradstreet demonstrates the correspondence between parents and their children as authors are to their books. From the first few lines of the poem Bradstreet clearly states her own assessment of her work, characterizing it as an "ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain" (1). She uses a conceit throughout the poem that her works represent a child, her offspring. She recognizes that her work is flawed and scattered. Therefore, there is an absence of self-assurance, but she acknowledges that it is still her baby. Her friend whom she describes as "less wise than true"(3) kidnaps …show more content…

She begins to straighten out the book. She uses personification to illustrate the book as a child. She depicts it with a face when she says, "I washed thy face"(14) and then feet saying, "I stretched thy joints to make thee feet even"(15) ,but with every fix a new problem emerges. She begins to consider that maybe she does not have the expertise in order to repair the trouble. The poem wraps up in a remorseful manner. She says, " If for thy father asked, say thou hadst none; And for thy mother, she alas is poor, which caused her thus to send thee out of door (22-24). Begging for forgiveness from her readers she suggests that she just did not have the talent to amount to her own expectations. Most could never imagine the feeling of your soul; unfiltered and genuine being displayed for the world to see and criticize. Anne Bradstreet 's poem gives a unique innuendo into both her personal character and our own. It lends a voice to the emotions she experiences throughout her ordeal and gives the reader opportunity to relate emotionally to her

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