Rupi Kaur and Accessible Poetry

I discovered Rupi Kaur’s poetry when I was in my final year of high school. Like any other girl my age, I purchased and read “Milk and Honey”, as that was what everyone posted as being “aesthetically pleasing” on Instagram. Up until that point of reading Kaur’s work, I viewed poetry as something super stodgy and old fashioned – with my breadth of knowledge of the genre lying along the lines of Shakespeare Sonnets and not much else. Yet upon reading Rupi Kaur’s poetry, I was shocked to see just what “poetry” could constitute. Kaur’s work is raw and real, simple and intimate. It details love, pain, family, fear, and hope.

Since reading “Milk and Honey” I have also read her other works, including “The Sun and Her Flowers” and most recently, “Homebody”. All of these are super short in length – I read “Homebody” over my lunch break at work. I also loved the simple yet beautiful illustrations bringing the words to life on each page. In my opinion, Kaur’s super simple and intimate approach to poetry has helped to revitalize the genre, in turn introducing a new, young generation to it. I think this is truly remarkable that Kaur has almost created a new “sub-genre” of accessible poetry, and used the power of social media to engage with people.

Why is it so important that poetry has been re-generated? In my opinion, reading something beautiful, such as poetry, helps to inspire us. As great as novels are, sometimes reading something different, short, and sweet is a good change. Poetry is extremely visual and contains a lot of imagery by nature, and I find that really instills creativity. It’s a beautiful expression of someone’s most intimate feelings, and really helps us to think and reflect on our own – I was even inspired to write a few lines of poetry to express my feelings on some experiences after reading “Homebody”.

In conclusion, if you haven’t read Rupi Kaur, I would suggest picking up one of her works, or even taking to her Instagram page to read a few lines. Poetry is becoming much more accessible, and we really have Rupi Kaur to thank for this.

Lots of Love,

Olivia

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