The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
Rupi Kaur is a top ten Sunday Times bestselling author and illustrator of two collections of poetry. She started drawing at the age of five when her mother handed her a paintbrush and said – draw your heart out. After completing her degree in rhetoric and professional writing, she published her first collection of poems, Milk and Honey, in 2015, which quickly became an international bestseller. It has since sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide and been translated into over 23 languages. Her long-awaited second collection continues her exploration of themes including love, loss, trauma, healing, and femininity. Along with writing and illustrating Rupi has performed her poetry to sold-out audiences across the world.
“this is the recipe of life
said my mother
as she held me in her arms as i wept
think of those flowers you plant
in the garden each year
they will teach you
that people too
in order to bloom”
My Favourite The Sun and Her Flowers Quotes:
- The Sun can’t stop the storm from coming, the tree can’t stop the axe.
- When snow falls I long for grass. When grass grows I walk all over it.
- The irony of loneliness is we all feel it at the same time.
- I am busy learning the consequences of womanhood when I should be learning science and math instead.
- Together, we are an endless conversation.
- Life and death are old friends and I am the conversation between them.
My Take on The Sun and Her Flowers :
Reading The Sun and Her Flowers is like peering into someone’s diary. It is deeply personal and moving. I ended up finishing it over a weekend. And while it doesn’t take long to read the collection of poetry, it takes a while to get over the impact it leaves on you.
The book is divided into 5 parts: wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. The book has been framed in the way a person would react to something like loss or trauma. The confrontation, the hurt, the loss, and the pain eventually give way to healing, regrouping and finding yourself again. That is exactly how the book also flows. Rupi Kaur does not shy away from raw, honest emotions. The kind that stay with you long after you have read something. She is the storyteller and she is weaving a tale with every poem. Stories about different people, different situations, different feelings. Together, they form her world. A world she has opened up for us through this book.
I have said this before, but Rupi Kaur has this beautiful ability to weave empathy in the reader’s mind. She brings emotions to life with her words. She writes in simple words but wields them to great effect and impact. Her writing is mostly in blank verse and flows freely. It stirs something in you. Pushes you to think from a different perspective, to look inward and outward. Her words in The Sun and Her Flowers empower, heal and fortify.
It is always a joy to read her work.
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