Self-deprecating-the speakers tone is self-deprecating (undervaluing oneself) because she has little confidence in her unedited and unrevised writing. she is mortified that her book would be exposed to public view in rags (45). she is concerned that all may judge (6) her for a piece of writing she does not have confidence in. she admits that even with revision (rubbing, washing, and stretching), the more defects [she] saw (13) and the revision itself still made a flaw (14). even though she does compare the book to her offspring, her tone is not nurturing (b) because she speaks about the book/child with harsh diction like rambling brat (8), unfit for light (9), and irksome (10). she is also more concerned about what others will think of her because of her sloppy book/child; she is not as concerned for the actual book/child. the subject of the poem is the author and her relationship with and attitude toward her book, and she is not vengeful (d), acerbic (bitter) (e), or mournful (a) toward it because she tries to improve it. also, the poem is composed of heroic couplets (see question 78), making the tone less severe and harsh, so while the speaker is disappointed in her work, she can make fun of herself (self-deprecate) and not get angry.