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my Unit 1 Project I would like to stylistically analyze the work of a
dear to me writer I discovered only last year the name of which is Rupi Kaur. The aforementioned young poet, Rupi Kaur, is born on the fifth of October in 1992. Rupi is is
a Canadian poet, writer, illustrator and performer of Punjabi descent.
She was born in Punjab, India, to a Sikh family and emigrated with her
parents to Canada when she was four years old. As a child, she was
inspired by her mother to draw and paint, especially at a time when she
was unable to speak in English with the other children at school. The
period her writing was most effective is the last five years of the twenty-first century. The poet did not and does not have an intended audience, but because the 25-year-old poet, who is best known for her book Milk and Honey, is part of a growing group of poets known as “Instapoets,”
who achieve fame due to their large following on social media such as
Tumblr and Instagram, the audience, whose attention she has attracted to
her work are mostly younger generations and people who relate to her
struggles, which are her main topic. Kaur writes in a minimalistic
style, focusing on topics that touch on love, death, and female
empowerment. She accompanies her poems with simple line images.
According to her, the images create a juxtaposition with the words,
because they express a feeling of innocence while the subject matter is
mature and even serious.
However, due to her simple approach, the poems are easy to digest and
connect to. Many young women see their thoughts and fears reflected in her
writing, especially minority women, as Kaur draws from her Punjabi
background to comment on societal pressures and the hardships of
immigrants. Milk and Honey, the 25-year-old Punjabi-Canadian’s first
collection of poetry, is the best-selling adult book in the U.S. so far
this year. According to BookScan totals taken near the end of September, the nearly 700,000 copies Kaur has sold put her ahead of runners-up like
Margaret Atwood. She is incredibly popular amongst teens and young
adults. Hence, her social media following has grown substantially.   “milk
and honey” is written in the so called style “confessional poetry”.
This style includes a first-person speaker relating her own thoughts and
experiences. Kaur is also known for not capitalizing the first words of
her lines or sentences, and she uses punctuation sparingly, often
foregoing commas and periods entirely. When the young poet does use
punctuation, it generally means that she’s playing with the form of the
poem, writing it as a long prose poem or, in one case, a list. In place
of punctuation, Kaur uses line breaks to indicate where a reader should
pause during their reading.  Kaur
is also a talented visual artist, ergo her sketches accompany mostly
all her poems in the book. These sketches are hand-drawn in ink and
complement the poems, visually representing the themes, characters, and
situations described in the text. In some cases, the poems are written
around or even within the sketches, forcing the reader to examine the
interplay between text and image. The most common poetic device Rupi Kaur uses is impossible to stay unnoticed, free verse. Free verse is nonmetrical, nonrhyming lines that closely follow the natural rhythms of speech. As all of the poems in her firstly published book are written in free verse I will only present a few examples. “i am water/soft enough/to offer life/tough enough/to drown it away” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.) “do not look for healing/at the feet of those/who broke you” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.) “you might not have been my first love/but you were the/love that made /all other loves seem /irrelevant” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.) Symbolism
is a hard-to-ignore trait in her use of poetic devices. Symbolism is
the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities, by giving them
symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. “how is
it so easy for you/to be kind to people he asked/milk and honey dripped
from my lips as i answered/cause people have not been/ kind to me” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.)-treat others the way you want to be treated; “trying to convince myself/i am allowed/to take up space/is like writing with/my left hand/when i was born/to use my right” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.)-the idea of shrinking is heredity.; “don’t mistake/salt for sugar/if he wants to/be with you/he will/it’s that simple” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.)-if something is meant to happen, it will.  Figurative
language is also commonly used by the upcoming poet in the sense of
using literary devices such as metaphor personification. “grown flowers
from your pain”(Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.); “you were beautiful but stung when I got close” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.); “he will taste like the poetry I wish I could write” (Kaur, Rupi. Milk and honey. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016.) Talking
from the point of view of a young woman, who has read, adored and
reread the book, I can strongly recommend it to anyone, even to the most
conservative, racist, homophobic bully in your workspace. The overall
mood that is achieved is one of comfort and peace. It is something I
often refer back to. Something I read when I need a hug or some
understanding and no one is around to understand me. The book is what I need around me while growing up and going through  

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