Welcome to another book review and this it is all about poetry. I am not a huge fan of poetry but I really wanted to read this one.
milk 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. (fromGoodreads)
As mentioned before, this is my very first time in reviewing a poetry book, therefore I find it rather difficult to gather my thoughts on this. I was never a huge fan of poetry, but, I had read this one. I saw so many great comments on this book and such a lot of hype. That is exactly what made me want to read this book.
She was a rose
in the hands of those
who had no intention
of keeping her
The book is about the suffering of a woman from childhood until she reaches womanhood. The book has four parts, The Hurting, The Loving, The Breaking, and The Healing. The book is full of illustrations that helps the reader to grasp the raw truth of the poems. I feel that the poet is 100% successful in conveying her idea to the reader.
Here the poet speaks about the childhood of the narrator and how she was hurt as a child. She has been abused and not loved. She has been trying to find safety where she does not. Later at some point, the narrator has been taken to the therapist. When you have been brought up in a strict cultural background, it is important for a girl to be safe, and not have sex with anyone before getting married. It is all about keeping the honor of the family.
When you read this part of the book, you feel the emptiness of the girl, and the stress and depression that she carries within her. The poet highlights how the girl has brought dishonor to her family, by being abused at a very young age.
There is one part of the poem, that gives a powerful message to the reader.
When my mother open her mouth
to have a conversation at dinner
my father shoves the word hush
between her lips and tell her to
never speak with her mouth full
this is how the women in my family
learned to live with their mouths closed
This extraction of the poem, highlights the exact way the women are treated in the Asian, patriarchal society. How things are being pushed under the carpet, to protect the honor of the family and how women are being hushed, and not allowing to speak up.
In this part of the book, the narrator falls in love with a man. Here the poet tells us that it is important for us to fall in love with our own selves, before we fall in love with another person. It is vital to find our own selves, to be happy. The true feeling of being loved and how, her inner feelings are being aroused by love, is also highlighted in this section of the book.
You might not have been my first love
but you were the love that made
all the other loves
You’ve touched me
This is the part of the book, that speaks about the heartbreak of the narrator. Here, the poet highlights the way a person comes to realize the difference between need and want. Also the narrator finds that it is vital to find you own self, to have a true relationship. The pain and heart- break, emotional turmoil and the hard learned truth is related to the reader in such away.
i am a museum full of art
but you had your eyes shut
After everything she has been through, the narrator now has reached to the point, where she is realizing, that she needs to heal now. Here the poet gives the reader an important relationship advice. The poet states that, it is important to have a relationship with your own self, before you get into a relationship with another person.
Understanding that, pain is a part of human life, too is important. Being kind in cruel situations, loving solitude are some other important aspects that have been mentioned in the poem.
This book undeniably speaks to the hearts of the women. The book can be viewed as a mirror of the life of a woman. There is something for all of us to think, before hurting a woman. The pain she carries within her, is immense. The book spoke to the depth of my heart, and it is amazing. I would highly recommend this to each and every one of you out there. I feel that it is a MUST READ!!!
(5/5) Tremendous, I like it very much
That is all for today folks, and I hope you enjoyed. Do not forget to leave your thoughts and ideas, in the comments below.
Until the next post,