A collection of 150 poems for warming hearts and thawing souls.
When I was young poetry comprised a large percentage of my reading and it still does.
When I read poetry I like to look at poetic partnerships such as content, form and structural patterns. But I also appreciate idiosyncrasies, lyrics that stumble, and words that pop out at me.
Yes, I like themes that are about exploration, passion, love, the natural world, survival, and expressions of deep sorrow. But, I also like to examine phantom worlds, charming magicalness, lighthearted, whimsical, energetic, cringe-worthy with an occasional snark thrown in somewhere.
In 1865, Emily Dickinson wrote 57 poems that were 4 lines or less. Years later, American poet, Adelaide Crapsey created the form ‘Cinquain’ a five-line unrhymed form which she used in her most popular works. It’s communicated that Japanese haiku and tanka were her inspiration.
Short poems continue to remain popular today and this short poems collection is created with percentages making up the whole.
The collection reminds me of youth. It’s about questioning if you belong, longing for, flirting with, and exploring. It’s also for those of us who like to giggle, and who still enjoy using our senses to focus on little details like, “Daisies or Roses?”
A copy of ‘Tiny Poems For Gentle Hearts’ was provided by the generosity of the author for an honest review. – Lori’s Book Loft
Tiny Poems for Gentle Hearts by Isabel Scheck, is a collection of short poems which describe love and heartbreak. The book is divided into percentages, and each of the 150 poems is a percentage of the whole.
I’m going to look at 2 example poems: ‘One day she hopes to be a mum to a lovely boy or girl or both that she can cherish look after and love until the end of time.’ The poems read in a diary form, without elaboration and without in-depth detail, so the ideas have to be taken at face value. The sentiments expressed throughout this book are lovely and gentle, but for me personally, I would liked to see some thought behind each line break, so that a sense of individual style emerged.
‘Felix was so enchanted by Lyla’s star-filled brown eyes and strawberry lip-glossed lips that the rest of the world faded away.’ I think this book would be ideal for young adult readers, because the description lends itself to whimsical dreaming and although to me, the level of description and storytelling is quite simplistic, I think it would bring a lot of joy to this age group of readers and introduce them to poetry.
Overall, Isabel wanted this collection to warm hearts and thaw souls. Although not the type of poetry that I usually read, I found that it was a comforting bedtime read, and for those readers who love small formats of poetry, which they can dip out in and out of, this is ideal. – Isabelle Kenyon
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