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‘milk and honey’ walks reader through life with use of poems

By Abby James
Business Manager

rupi kaur’s journey through a life of struggle, hard work and life is beautifully annotated in her New York Times bestseller: “milk and honey.” The poems living inside the pages of this collection of poetry assist their readers who may be struggling or coming to terms with many different aspects of life.

During adolescence, many young adults begin to feel overwhelmed with the ambivalence of the feelings they experience on a day-to-day basis. Like many developing adults are instructed to do, kaur found a way to cope with her emotions, thus creating a beautiful desire to make life a little more glorious.

In an interview with Huffington Post Digital Marketer, author rupi kaur said, “I have this terrible habit of feeling too much and I want to express these feelings in the written form. I want to put words to feelings we have trouble putting into words. Like the breath before the kiss, I want to make the mundane beautiful.”

As a young female who has read kaur’s book, I have personally experienced her work in making monotonous life seem joyful and extravagant. In this book, kaur addresses some very mature topics such as violence, abuse, love and loss. However, throughout the four chapters in the text (“the hurting,” “the loving,” “the breaking” and “the healing”), kaur does not focus on the difficulties these issues bring upon their victims. The issues are addressed, but the main idea in the poems focus on learning from experiences and growing from them. For example, in the poetry collection, a stanza reads: “i didn’t leave because/i stopped loving you/i left because the longer/i stayed the less/i loved myself.” This poem addresses the importance of leaving unhealthy relationships. Students at the high school level need to be exposed to ideas like this; because some young adults stay in relationships that may not be the best for them because they feel as if they are too in love with their significant other to leave them. Too often, people suppress their own wants and needs for those of their loved ones. I think this is very important for the reader, especially if they have been affected by the topic being discussed. Too often people focus on being a victim to society’s wrath that they never begin the healing process. These poems allow one to view what the healing process looks like, which gives them a general idea of where to start.

Like the young adults that can relate to this book, David Nilsen, editor and lead critic at Fourth & Sycamore, writes that women struggling with the battles life has thrown at them can also connect to kaur’s poems.

“Kaur writes online and in ‘Milk and Honey’ primarily about different aspects of being a woman in a society that hasn’t made nearly as many advances in equality as it thinks it has, and many of her poems (and their accompanying art) have become anthems of sorts for young women sick of being shamed for their bodies, their desires, in some cases their own assaults,” Nilsen said.

While I was reading this book, I realized that I had dealt with many of the issues that were being discussed. This shows that kaur is able to write in order to connect to a larger audience about serious topics, which is something kaur deserves very high praise for.

However, I think the men and women reviewing this poetry collection have forgotten a key aspect to everyday life. Men and women experience body shame and assault. I think they should take it into consideration that both men and women from all different age groups could also benefit from the content this text embodies.

“milk and honey’s” author rupi kaur does a beautiful job of creating a book that people can connect to, but the people who have reviewed this fail to realize that each gender can experience the struggles society throws upon them in similar ways. For people hoping to learn to accept the things that happen in the world, grow from their own struggles or simply just enjoy beautifully written poetry, “milk and honey” exceeds all standards while the reviewers of the book hardly, if at all, meet theirs.

[WITH_TEETH]: Nine Inch Nails album still popular, twelve years later

By Brennan Tomer
Reporter

After nearly dying to drug and alcohol abuse while completing his fourth album,The Fragile, Trent Reznor released the record to critical acclaim in 1999. Nine Inch Nails frontman, (and only band member at the time of its release) Reznor, remained quiet for a few years, working on a few remix albums in the meantime. But in 2005, he released brand new Nine Inch Nails material in a record called “With Teeth”.

Nine Inch Nails is best defined as industrial metal, with elements of heavy metal and electronica bleeding in Reznor’s music. Being the only member of the band initially, he is solely responsible for the direction of the band’s music. His previous works, “The Downward Spiral” and “The Fragile”, were both raw, dark and angry in tone. “With Teeth” is more celebratory in tone, the music showing his recovery from drugs and alcohol. The album produced three hit singles, “The Hand That Feeds,” “Every Day is Exactly the Same” and “Only.” Instead of his songs being interwoven with each other lyrically like in his other albums, the songs do not relate to each other. However, all of the songs complement each other well enough that the record flows nicely. It’s much more song-focused, and its sound is much stronger than in previous works. It’s also much more rock-oriented in terms of sound.

Some songs are slower in tone, like “Right Where it Belongs” and “All the Love in the World.” Some songs are much faster and upbeat, like “The Hand That Feeds,” “You Know What You Are?” and “Getting Smaller.” “With Teeth” is Reznor’s return to his old music, but with the less disturbed and angry lyrics and an attempt of retaining his role as an innovative artist.

Despite being released twelve years ago,“With Teeth” remains as strong a record as ever, and is one of Reznor’s more well known works. The high sound quality, the music talent, the lyrics and vocals all remain strong points, positively reflecting Nine Inch Nails itself. It gets 4/4 stars based on sound quality, vocals and standing the test of time over a decade later.

Ed Sheeran returns with new album ‘Divide’: Eclectic pop artist reinvents sound in new year

By Mary ZuHone
Co-Editor-In-Chief

In 2016, British musician Ed Sheeran went off the grid, taking a year-long break from social media. According to Sheeran’s social media, he promised fans that “the third album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far.” On Jan. 10, he came through with his promise and released two new songs from his third album “Divide.” The songs, “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You,” are vastly different from each other in style, but with the response of his return, are sure to be hits.

Sheeran’s “Castle on the Hill” is similar to his old music in the fact that it is driven by his creative lyrics. The lyrics talk about growing up and a few personal, yet relatable tales of the road bumps of growing up. He opens up the song with the lyrics “When I was six years old, I broke my leg, I was running from my brother and his friends,” reflecting on his early childhood memories. He sings nostalgically of wanting to go back these simpler times in his catchy chorus that narrates a repeated event of driving fast down a country lane singing to one’s favorite songs. He wistfully remembers watching “the sunset over the castle on the hill” with someone important to him. With this song’s meaningful, relatable and sweet lyrics, it lands in the middle of what audiences would expect from Sheeran.

On the other hand, “Shape of You” is completely different from what Sheeran is known for. The song opens up with a Marimba percussion and the lyrics dive into a story of Sheeran meeting someone at a bar while out with friends. This beat and tone is not the same, but comparisons can be drawn to his song “Don’t” from his 2014 album “Multiply.” In this song, Sheeran once again utilizes his guitar looping, which he is known for using in live performances. The repetitive lyrics “I’m in love with your body” and “I’m in love with the shape of you” combined with the upbeat Marimba background makes this song perfect for performing at live shows in stadiums filled with huge crowds.

While the two songs are vastly different from each other, they give fans a sneak peak of what his upcoming album will be like. The release date for “Divide” is Mar. 3, and Sheeran has posted a photo of the track list on social media. Songs from the list include “Eraser,” “Castle on the Hill,” “Dive,” “Shape of You,” “Perfect,” “Galway Girl,” “Happier,” “Hearts don’t break around here,” “New Man,” “What do I know?,” “How would you feel (Paean)” and “Supermarket flowers.” While these titles themselves don’t reveal much, from hearing these two songs, I can imagine that Sheeran’s new album will have a wide variety of music genres and moods, which I will be excitedly waiting to listen to.