Rating: 5 / 5
Rupi Kaur’s The Sun and Her Flowers tells the story of heartbreak and growth through a series of beautifully simple poems.
The poetry within The Sun and Her Flowers is separated into five distinct parts – wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. Each part’s poems focus on that respective period in her life. Thus, the poems within wilting discuss heartbreak and loss, while those within blooming discuss self-love and empowerment.
Please take caution when reading The Sun and Her Flowers if any of the following topics may trigger you:
- Sexual assault
I love this collection of poetry. It is uniquely approachable and extremely relatable. A four line poem should not be able to elicit such an emotional response from a reader, and yet it does.
Truthfully, this is only the second book of poetry I’ve ever read – the first being Kaur’s debut collection, Milk and Honey. That is to say, I am not well-read in the realm of poetry and so I don’t have much to compare this to. All that I have to go on are the feelings that Kaur’s poetry was able to elicit.
Kaur tackles many different themes through her poetry, including heartbreak, abuse, self-hate and then self-love, a mother’s love, and empowerment. The poems flow beautiful from one theme to the next and will leave you breathless by how easily you identify with them.
Because Kaur’s poems are very short – some as short as one line -, this is a very quick read. You get so much bang for your buck – even if you aren’t blown away by the poetry, you’ll only have spent an hour or two.
I highly recommend The Sun and Her Flowers, as well as Milk and Honey, to poetry newcomers and lovers of beautiful turns of phrase.
Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts on The Sun and Her Flowers. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the collection in the comments or at my Instagram, @bookmarkedbya!