I know I was not assigned to either of these authors but when studying for our midterm last night, a thought came across my mind. Yesterday, we discussed the importance of the author of a piece of work and whether or not we should consult this when reading a work. I would like to expand this to author’s intent. We know from reading the works of Anne Bradstreet that her poems were published without her knowledge (read the footnote on page 106 for the poem “The Author to Her Book”). Emily Dickinson on the other had prepared her poetry to be published by writing it on white paper and grouping her poems together.
Does the fact that Anne Bradstreet did not write her poems to be published make her’s more genuine “American” poetry than those of Emily Dickinson whose poems appeared to be collected to be published?