Poetry Review: Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

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Title: Milk and Honey

Author: Rupi Kaur

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: November 4, 2014

Goodreads Synopsismilk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is 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.

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Today I will be reviewing Milk and Honey written by Rupi Kaur. I had heard so many great things about this poetry collection before going to the store and buying this book. From other book bloggers (thanks Nadia from The Introverted Book Blogger) to many of my twitter followers, I had to get Milk and Honey!

Milk and Honey takes a look at different types of pain and the healing that comes from overcoming it. The collection is split into four chapters that each deal with pain and the sweetness that comes from each pain. These poems look at the bright side of the world through all of the ugly that is around us.

As I began to read each poem, I would feel varying emotions that strung me along in different ways. Sometimes I felt overwhelmed with dread and other I was awestruck. I love being struck with the emotions that the author is conveying through each poem. In total, I marked 15 of the poems as my ultimate favorites. (I share my top 4 below!)

Enough about that, let’s get to the review!

Style- I like that not all of the poems were the same. Many follow the same short format of only a few lines, but others are much longer. The variety of poem lengths makes it even more enjoyable to read. It also increases the amount of emotion felt between each poem.

Relatability – As I read the poems, so many felt so relatable. Every topic covered was individual, but I could still connect it to my life and how I have felt at some point. It was as if the poems were speaking to me. There is something about the “Loving” section that was off to me. It’s not like it was badly written or unemotional. Something just felt off to me, but nothing that detracted from the overall rating of this poetry collection.



This entire collection plays a lot of your emotions. Some in a good way. Like “aww that is sweet!” And others make you angry. Milk and Honey successfully yanked on all of my emotions as the words vividly make your feelings feel like they are on a happy/sad/angry pendulum.

Bonus – Some of the poems are accompanied by illustrations. Each is a sketch that depicts the poem. I like that the illustrations were part of the collection. It creates a strong emotion with the poem.

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Overall, Milk and Honey is a heartfelt and loving collection of poems that show the greater good in the world. From the writing style to the illustrations, this collection has it all. I give Milk and Honey

3 checks

3 Checks!!

Do you think that through every bad situation that happens there is also something good? Let me know in the comments below!

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16 thoughts on “Poetry Review: Milk and Honey – Rupi Kaur

  1. I almost did a post on the book but then realized whatever I said was gonna not be any where as good. I think poetry should be enjoyed by everyone on their own way.

    Gayathri @ Musings Over Nothing

    1. I just started reading poetry. Milk and Honey is a very good and relatable book for me which is why I loved it so much.

  2. I loved Milk & Honey as well. I wasn’t quite sure how to break it down because I have clearly forgotten how to annotate poetry. I do think that “Every new beginning is another new beginning’s end.” Most of the time when bad things happens, we get so wrapped up in the bad situation that we overlook all the good that can come from it. We even forget all the good we learned from it.

    1. It really is! I have all of my favorites noted with post it notes so I can go back again and again!

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