The Author to Her Book (early 1660s)
Though written after 1650 (for a planned revision of her own of The Tenth Muse), this poem still reflects Bradstreet's use of a Renaissance poetic standard. “Affected modesty” is present as are extended “conceits,” weaving sophisticated humor throughout the poem to achieve a pleasing effect. The closing lines go beyond affected modesty for sure—her poems are hers alone (they have no father) and she will see them published as she wishes this time (although that did not happen; any revisions most likely were destroyed when her house burned in 1666).
The Author to Her Book