Poetry in the Twenty-First Century:

Rupi Kaur’s journey through growing, loving, hurting and writing


Rupi Kaur voices the different vital experiences of someone who believes herself to have been broken through both verse and prose. The book is divided into four different chapters in which the reader gets to explore the narrator’s feelings through the rollercoaster-like experience that is to be young and alive.



We follow, if not Kaur herself, the narrative voice of someone who believes themselves to be broken beyond repair. However, belief and fact are far apart and, as we continue reading, we discover and experience many different stages of their soul’s regrowth and progressive self-discovery.


There are multiple themes explored throughout the collection, but some that I would like to highlight would be self-love, toxicity in relationships both with others and with yourself, emotional manipulation and even rape. I would actually say that there are certain poems that can make the reader feel uneasy, because they are narrated with such honesty and a very visual language, but as much as this can make someone uncomfortable, hey also seem to serve a purpose of healing the soul of these poems’ narrations.


In terms of style, Rupi Kaur is famous for having her very own distinctive style, so how on earth could I do it justice in this review? It is heart-wrenching while empowering, and shocking while seemingly familiar. Her musicality and rhythm are addictive and her narrative poems are probably some of the best examples of the current trend of free verse in poetry.



-Films: «500 days of Summer» (2009) & «Stuck in Love» (2012).

-Books: «Breakfast at Tiffany’s» by Truman Capote & «Eleanor & Park» by Rainbow Rowell.



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