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Author To Her Book, The

Rating: 2.8

Thou ill-form'd offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth did'st by my side remain,
Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad expos'd to public view,
Made thee in rags, halting to th' press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened (all may judge).
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call.
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight,

Yet being mine own, at length affection would
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This is an autobiographical poem about the relationship between an artist and his work, a relationship often fraught with difficulty and disappointment.....brilliantly scripted......10++

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Ruta Mohapatra 26 July 2020

In this array, 'mongst Vulgars mayst thou roam. In Critics' hands, beware thou dost not come...…..wise advice to her creations!

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jenyliza 26 July 2020

interesting extended metaphor. feeble brain? obviously not. but i suppose we can excuse this as we can all hyperbole and that this is long before women's liberation.

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Ramesh T A 26 July 2020

Whatever it is, each book is the child of the Author! Today I have 131 children!

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Mahtab Bangalee 25 July 2019

very talented poem..............////

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Edward Kofi Louis 08 June 2017

By my side! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Glen Kappy 08 June 2017

interesting extended metaphor. feeble brain? obviously not. but i suppose we can excuse this as we can all hyperbole and that this is long before women's liberation. i wonder which poets anne considered good or great considering her estimation of her own work. gk

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Rajesh Thankappan 08 June 2017

An interesting poem on writers travails.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 08 June 2017

In better dress...... thanks for posting......

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Susan Williams 08 June 2017

I enjoyed this a year ago and I still enjoy it today. Our novels and our poems are truly our children

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