Welcome back to my blog once again 😁. Today I am going to review a poetry book titled “Phases of Moon: A Poetic Journey of A Girl” written by Neha Jindal. This would be my first time reviewing a poetry book. Though I have written plenty of poems, I have never actually reviewed a poetry book because it has always been hard for me to write in clear worsa what the poet really wanted to tell through his/her poem.
Without any further delay, let’s get down to it 😊.
Book Title: Phases of Moon: A Poetic Journey of A Girl
Author: Neha Jindal
Total Number of Pages: 54
Publisher: Notion Press, Inc.
Publication Date: 23rd September 2017
Every human being has different feelings and emotions at every stage of life, but they are unable to express. This book gives an expression, to various emotions of a human heart. The poetries in this book will echo your heart, and will give words and voice to your emotions. It covers different stages of life starting from teenage to marriage. Hope you love getting drowned in this emotional stream.
REVIEW BY SOHINEE DEY
Phases of Moon: A Poetic Journey of A Girl written by Neha Jindal is a poetry book where the poet describes each phase of a girl’s life in a poetic and lyrical manner.
Just like the different phases of the moon; as it grows back to its full size (full moon), a girl too undergoes a transitional change, starting from childhood to adulthood. With age, a girl experiences mercurial changes. As the sea endures high and low tides, a girl too experiences a progression in her emotional state. The title has been aptly used for this book.
In the part teenage shower, the poet talks about teenage crushes and the feeling when for the first time, a girl falls in love. Juggling between different aspects, the poet talks about the teenage year, trying to take it all in, and then comes infatuations; we have all had those times when we had been infatuated with someone and had taken it for love and then we actually got to experience those butterflies in our stomach; feelings associated with this ‘Special Someone’, and in no time this person becomes ‘So Special’ that a girl begins to consider him as an integral part of her life.
This love soon turns into more of a deeply connected relationship where she is ready to take the final step and thus ‘ties the knot’, swearing on her love and vowing to stay right by his side. Soon she has kids running around the house, giving her a hard time but no matter how much they trouble her, she doesn’t stop showering her love over them.
In the final part, the poet talks about all the experiences she had throughout her entire life, from love to heartbreak to pain to angst to everything she had been through. This is the time when she judges all her actions and reactions and recalls some of her memorable memories while wishes to undo some steps she had taken. She is no longer an innocent. She stares back at life and sees how drastically she had changed, her once pure heart now carries a fear of all the sins with which her shoulders her burdened.
“We have become models with empty heart and a painted smile, heart so hardened, to be cut by a file.”
But then comes a time when she feels free; she starts to feel “lively and sane”.
I loved how the author had this thought of writing poems describing the various phases a girl has to endure. The language was simple and though the poetic meter dropped down at some points, the poems didn’t fail convey the messages that the poet wanted them to. This would be a good poetry book for beginners who have just stepped into the world of poetry.
MY FINAL VERDICT –
Anyone looking for a short poetry book with easy language and clear meaning could read this book.
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING: ⭐⭐⭐.5/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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