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Book Overview: The Sun and Her Flowers

riya patel

โฑ๏ธ November 3, 2020

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Theย Sun and Her Flowersย byย Rupi Kaur

Publication Date:ย October 3rd, 2017

ISBN13:ย 9781449486792

Publisher:ย Andrew McMeel Publishing

Pages:ย 256

Genres:ย Poetry/Feminism

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This summer, I was able to read The Sun and Her Flowers, which is written by Canadian-Indian poet and illustrator, Rupi Kaur. This work is Kaurโ€™s second collection of poetry,ย followingย Milk and Honey. Although I personally havenโ€™t readย Milk and Honey, Iโ€™ve heard that it is a bestseller. The Sun and Her Flowersย is centered around the stages in a flowerโ€™s life. Kaur states, โ€œโ€˜This is the recipe of life,โ€™ said my mother as she held me in her arms as I wept, โ€˜think of those flowers you plant in the garden each year, they will teach you that people too must wilt, fall, root, rise, in order to bloom.'โ€

Here Is A List Of The Main Topics Per Section:

  • Wilting:ย heartbreak and grief
  • Falling:ย struggles with love, low self esteem, and self-abandonment
  • Rooting:ย honoring oneโ€™s roots
  • Rising:ย love
  • Blooming:ย empowerment and self-acceptance

With each of these topics, Kaur tries to convey her own traumatic experiences in life without being shy about it through her book. She wants to advocate for herself and show others to learn to love themselves like she learned to. She also explored big issues in the real world such as infanticide and feminism, which are now โ€œhot topicsโ€ in todayโ€™s media. Along with this, she talked about her mother and the struggles she faced to get where she is today, to add on to an already inspirational story.

Feminism

As I mentioned before, many of the poems reflected a theme of feminism. Throughout the text, I appreciated and admired that she talked about women being oppressed in Indian culture, exploring topics about girl power and female infanticide.

One of my favorite poems from this topic was:

โ€œwhat is the greatest lesson a woman should learn

that since day one

sheโ€™s already had everything she needs within herself

itโ€™s the world that convinced her she did notโ€

Immigrant Experiences

Kaur was also able to tell her own experiences as an immigrant, which allowed non-immigrants like me to experience what it felt like to adopt a new country as home. She went on to describe the challenges and tough labor an immigrant has to go through in order to survive in a whole new country. In telling this journey, Kaur was able to tell us a lot about her motherโ€™s journey.

For example, one of her poems states:

โ€œshe left an entire village to be his wife

now she left an entire country to be a warrior

and when the winter came

they had nothing but the heat of their own bodies

to keep the coldness outโ€

Illustrations

Along with the themes, I loved the illustrations in the book. All of the illustrations blended so beautifully with her poetry. They helped convey the emotions intended in the poems all at once: sadness, love, frustration, and happiness.

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Look at this beautiful drawing!

Overall, Rupi Kaur did a great job with her collection of poems as it really drove through the topic of self-love. She helped inspire women to uplift themselves and not care about the negative comments people around them give and instead, love themselves for who they are. I would definitely recommend it!

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