Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur : Book Review 9
|Published :||Published 2015, Andrew McMeel Publishing|
About the Author Rupi Kaur–
Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based in Toronto, Canada. With a focus in poetry, she released her first book of prose and poems in November 2014. Throughout her poetry, photography, illustrations, and creative direction she engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. When she is not writing or creating art, she is traveling internationally to perform her spoken word poetry, as well as hosting writing workshops. You can find more of her work at www.rupikaur.com.
Review of Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur–
Milk and Honey is poetry written about women. It has depicted the pain, the love, the heartbreak, and the healing, all in this one book. It has poems in four sections, each dedicated to one feeling mentioned above. Kaur’s poetry describes the feelings of women through the different course of her life. It describes the heartstrings of women but this book is for everyone to read. It is not just for women to understand other women, it requires both genders to understand each other. The poems are a tool to understand yourself.
Rupi Kaur is also the illustrator of the book, the drawings in poems are so enthralling and incredible. It adds a flavor to the poems but as Kaur has reiterated that she did most of these drawings before writing the poems, which is purely surprising, as all drawings go so well with the poems. The poems talk about relationships with partner, parents, friends, etc. This book allows you to understand the collective emotion of relationship a woman has with various people. This book has a black and white cover and the book is aptly named Milk and Honey, as the book deals with a lot of sentiments that may be sweet and bland, some good and bad, white and black, it shakes and wakes you.
My feelings about the book Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur–
I took a lot of time to process what I read in The Hurting section. I cried reading those lines. The pain I felt disturbed me to a great extent, slowly I realized the poem was so good that it made me feel that way. You may or may not have suffered through what was described in the hurting section but every human can feel what was written and being described. I couldn’t stop reading the rest of the book after that. I felt the overflow of emotions after reading a few poems and I gave myself a little time to let my emotions calm before I read any further.
The poem brings you overwhelming emotions, joy, happy, sad; It makes you smile, cry, and laugh. The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing sections are as good as The Hurting section. Once you have got hold of the poems it becomes addictive. The book is short but I could not read it in a go. The beauty of the poems can be only felt when you understand every word that is being said and process the meaning out of it.
What I didn’t like –
There isn’t anything that I didn’t like in this book. The poems are so attractive and one instantly feel connected to them, and there is nothing to not like in the poems. Everything that’s described is true and a lot of women go through those emotions.
None of the poems were predictable. Every poem has a different emotion associated with it. Kaur’s poems hit hard and stay with you for a long time. Poems are so well written that it leaves a lasting impact.
My Favourite Quote From Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur –
every time you
tell your daughter
you yell at her
out of love
you teach her to confuse
anger with kindness
which seems like a good idea
till she grows up to
trust men who hurt her
cause they look so much
– to fathers with daughters
The book Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur was chosen by Our Shared Shelf, Emma Watson’s book club on Goodreads, for July/August read. I watched Emma Watson interview Rupi Kaur, where Kaur says a line
“Talk to yourself like you would talk to your best friends, there are certain things that you will never say to your best friend then why would you say those things to yourself”.
This line moved me and forced me to pick this book as my next read. I am embedding the interview down below, make sure to watch it. Milk and Honey is a 5-star read. It is hard to not read this book after watching the interview. This a book that might explain all your emotions. I request everyone to read this book.