9 August 2016

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Pages: 204
Genre: Poetry, Feminism
Book Description:
'milk and honey' is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. About the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. 'milk and honey' takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look

My Opinion:
Due to the hype this book has recently received, I decided to pick it up. It's a collection of poems split into chapters named 'the hurting' 'the loving' 'the breaking' and 'the healing.' It covers a range of messages and themes and includes mini sketches surrounding the poems.

I really liked the images used throughout because they didn't distract from the maim message of the poems, but they definitely added something extra. They provide a wonderful aesthetic to the collection as they have a rough, sketched nature to them. Some of the images also added a further meaning to the poem it accompanied which was really creative! (Also can we appreciate the beauty of the cover as well?! The monochrome nature of black and white pages and minimalist style is soooo beautiful)

The topics this book covers are really important and hold a lot of meaning. The messages portrayed about loving and hurting especially are so valuable and I feel like people should read these poems just for that (even if you just open the book on a random page and read the poem I'm sure it will mean something significant!) Another fantastic thing about the topics Kaur has chosen to write about are things that everyone has experienced at least once in their lives so it's really relatable. The poems are insanely well written - some hold punch to them and hit you with a truth or understanding, whilst others are thought provoking and memorable.
Also the majority of the poems themselves are quite short which is nice since they're easy to remember and can be read quickly at random, depending on the mood you're in.

Altogether I really enjoyed reading this collection of poems. The wonderful thing about poems is that you don't just read them once and the put them back on your shelf, you can just come back to the book any time you like or open it on a random page and read the first poem you look at. And these poems are perfect for that due to their shortness and direct nature, whilst still making you feel something at the same time!

Rating ★
5 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
Marbles by Ellen Forney (Graphic Novel)

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