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 onto the review!
What I Like:
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.
This entire collection plays on 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.
Variation in Poem 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.
As I read through 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.
What I Don’t Like:
“The Loving” section
There is something about this 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.
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…
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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