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Read the poem.

"The Author to Her Book"
by Anne Bradstreet

Thou ill-formed offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth didst by my side remain,
Till snatched from thence by friends, less wise than true,
Who thee abroad, exposed 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,
The visage was so irksome in my sight;
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could.
I washed thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot still made a flaw.
I stretched thy joints to make thee even feet,
Yet still thou run’st more hobbling than is meet;
In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
But nought save homespun cloth i’ th’ house I find.
In this array ‘mongst vulgars may’st thou roam.
In critic’s hands beware thou dost not come,
And take thy way where yet thou art not known;
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.

 

 

Personification is a poetic device in which human characteristics or behaviors are assigned to nonhuman things. Bradstreet uses personification throughout her poem.

 

How does Bradstreet’s use of personification affect meaning in “The Author to Her Book”?

 

Question 1 options:

 

A. Bradstreet uses personification to illustrates how all books are aggressively shaped by others before being published.


B. Bradstreet uses personification to establish the idea that her book has come to feel like a parent to her.


C. Bradstreet uses personification to emphasize that her book has many flaws, but that she loves it nonetheless.


D. Bradstreet uses personification to stress the idea that all writers come to resemble their books in some way.

 Apr 9, 2019
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This won is very tricky because of its older time formal writing.

 

 

I think there is either two options to debate between... 

 

 

. Bradstreet uses personification to illustrates how all books are aggressively shaped by others before being published.  This one because she speaks of her book being published and people and her parents critic it.

 

 

. Bradstreet uses personification to emphasize that her book has many flaws, but that she loves it nonetheless. and this one with the line and all the falwas she states makes me think its either these two... Yet being mine own, at length affection would which defines as she aloud her self to have affection over her book even with the flaws. so I am thinking this one.

 Apr 9, 2019
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How do words like ill-formed, defects, and flaw affect the poem’s meaning?

Question 2 options:

A. These words illustrate the author’s self-contempt and her lack of self-confidence.


B. These words stress how much the author has learned and improved as a writer.


C. These words help express the author’s view that her writing is imperfect.


D. These words support the idea that writing must be perfect in order to be great.

macabresubwoofer  Apr 9, 2019
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For the first one, i only have to choose only 1

macabresubwoofer  Apr 9, 2019
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Well Iknow rthats my suggestion but would this be home work because I would like you to learn also? I can help you with this next one but not a direct answer....

HiylinLink  Apr 9, 2019
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So for this next one those words are very well guided to the book she's writing so what would you think?

HiylinLink  Apr 9, 2019
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i think it is C

macabresubwoofer  Apr 9, 2019
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Correct ! great job.

HiylinLink  Apr 9, 2019
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In the poem, the speaker refers to herself as the mother and the book as her child.

Which statement best explains how this affects the poem’s meaning?

 

Question 3 options:

 

A. It suggests that writers have the strongest possible bond between themselves and their creative works.


B. It reflects the amount of hard work and time that a writer must invest in order to write a great poem.


C. It establishes that writers depend upon outside support to complete the monumental task before them.


D. It reinforces the idea that writers should care only about their vision of their writing and should ignore outside criticisms.

macabresubwoofer  Apr 9, 2019
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A. It suggests that writers have the strongest possible bond between themselves and their creative works.   A. I feel like ahving the strongest bond is very unnecessary you just need to plan and take advice and keep trying.....


B. It reflects the amount of hard work and time that a writer must invest in order to write a great poem. Writing a poem requires great displine and time so I agree with this answer just like how a mother must teach her son.


C. It establishes that writers depend upon outside support to complete the monumental task before them.  The question asks what does her being the mother and the book the child not her outside critics... the mother normaly knows what best for there child and the father but were not talking about that know the thing is this dosen't support the answer....


D. It reinforces the idea that writers should care only about their vision of their writing and should ignore outside criticisms.    D. is not the answer because outside critic's should always be taking no matter what work can always be inmproved......... 

HiylinLink  Apr 9, 2019
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B was incorrect

macabresubwoofer  Apr 9, 2019
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Then try A I think.... I am not ensuring my answer are 100% correct you hhave posted alot to...

HiylinLink  Apr 10, 2019
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1 and 2 were correct,

 

i'm trying to see about the 3rd one

macabresubwoofer  Apr 10, 2019
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A was correct on the 3rd one

macabresubwoofer  Apr 10, 2019
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Read the passage.

 

excerpt from "Why I Write"
by George Orwell

 

One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. And yet it is also true that one can write nothing readable unless one constantly struggles to efface one's own personality.

 

How does Orwell’s word choice affect meaning in this excerpt?

 

Question 1 options:

 

A. By using the word instinct, Orwell reinforces the idea that writing is a natural process that all people have an innate desire to participate in.


B. By using words like squall and struggle, Orwell expresses the mindset that a writer must have before he or she begins writing.


C. By using the the word demon to describe the urge to write, Orwell suggests that writing is an impulse that is beyond one’s control.


D. By using words like readable and true, Orwell reinforces the idea that great writing should always communicate what actually happened.

macabresubwoofer  Apr 10, 2019

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