Hey, guys! I am very excited, but also apprehensive about giving this review because I know that so many people are in love with this poetry collection. And I just wanted to say that my critiques are not on the life experiences that Rupi Kaur has gone through. It is simply about the structure and emotional value of the some of the poetry. I am also not trying to offend anyone. I am just sharing my feels. But with that out of the way, let’s go ahead and jump right into the review!
“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.”
I was originally going to give this 3.5 stars because I did not like her writing style and I thought the poetry wasn’t good, but I decided to increase my rating after reading the last section of the collection. I ended up really enjoying it, surprisingly. I wasn’t expecting to love this because it has received mixed reviews and poetry is either hit or miss with me, but I thought the first and last section of the book both were really good. However, I was not a fan of the middle two sections.
I really liked the first section because of how much I could really feel Rupi’s pain through her writing. It was deeply personal, and I really loved the writing. It was so hard to read, so I would give it a trigger warning for sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse, but it did really make me feel things, which is kind of the whole reason for poetry.
I did not like the second and third sections. I just thought it was a step down from the first section of the poetry. I didn’t like the writing or the poems and I really just couldn’t relate to any of them, which was disappointing. It didn’t really share the emotional grip that the first section had, and it just was not my cup of tea.
I did really enjoy the last section as I definitely could relate to it because it was about femininity and staying strong through whatever you are going through, and I just really loved it. It definitely was a good way to end the collection, and ultimately what led me to enjoy this collection a lot more than I originally would have.
Overall, I liked some of the writing and found parts of this collection super relatable and had a powerful emotional grip that forced me to keep reading until the very end.
And there you have it! That was my review of Rupi Kaur’s Milk and Honey. What is your favorite poetry collection? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this review today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!