Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Attempting to Appreciate Poetry

milk and honey by rupi kaur still I Rise by Maya Angelou

At the start of 2017 I decided to try and expand on what I read slightly, primarily by reading more non-fiction and to try to appreciate poetry.
Poetry is something even at school I didn't really understand or enjoy, but I'm hoping my adult brain which is a lot more eager to learn will like poetry more.
After a bit of research these are the two anthologies I decided to pick up to give poetry a go:

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

I first heard about this collection of poetry on the Book Riot podcast and since then it seems it has absolutely exploded everywhere and has even made it on to the New York Times best seller list.
Milk and Honey is divided into four chapters with each chapter exploring a different pain, The poems focus on violence, abuse, love, loss and femininity, and how to find the good in bad situations.
Many people have raved about this book, saying if you only pick up one book on poetry it should be this one so my feeling is if so many people who don't normally read poetry recommend it, hopefully I should be able to get it too!

And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

One of my best friends is an English teacher who loves poetry so of course I asked for her advice with this and she recommended And Still I Rise.
And Still I Rise is made up of poems that focus on a hopeful determination to rise above difficulty and discouragement. It also looks at race and gender in many of the poems too.
I've already read a couple from this and what I have read I've really enjoyed. It makes me want to check out more of Maya Angelo's work as well as read her autobiographies.

Looking at both of the books together it seems I defintiely have a type, strong females who write about overcoming terrible situations. I'm definitely good with that!

If you have any tips for enjoying poetry or can recommend any more you think are accessible to those that are new please let me know!



  1. I've never really been a poetry person but I did find that I loved Paradise Lost by Milton when I did it at school because the story of Genesis from the devils perspective was so interesting! I guess it's just about finding what you like!
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

  2. I hope you enjoy these! I've never been much of a poetry person either, even though I'd like to be. I've heard of Milk and Honey, and heard only good things about it, so I may have to give that one a read sometime myself.


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