When poetry is well written, the reader feels emotions so deep that words are often not enough to express the joy, love, sadness, and pain that remain after turning the page. As you move through the poems in (the) elegy, readers are taken on a snapshot journey into the author’s life, one of darkness, despair, and brutal honesty. Each section of this collection has a unique feel, yet they flow together to tell a complete story. Themes of loss, suffering, and pain are felt throughout this collection and will leave readers raw as they absorb the words Derek King has given them.
Some of the poems focus on physical death, others on emotional decline, and some on mental illness as the mind slowly dies and the world watches from afar. Some of the most powerful poems are those that speak of the death of society and how, as humans, we have allowed the modern, commercial world to strip us piece by piece of the things that gave us life, and we welcome it. to this self-destruction, not realizing that we are hurting ourselves. For example, the poem “Dark Day in Glasgow” shares a scene where people are frantically shopping and spending money in the Christmas season, but a crime is committed, a nativity is vandalized, and the baby Jesus is replaced by a rolled-up banknote. . of money. What a powerful reminder of how humanity has lost the meaning of Christmas and the festive season. This is just one example of the many situations King gives his readers to remind them how far humanity has come from being truly human.
Each section of this collection begins with a haunting black and white image and foreshadows the feelings that will stir through King’s words. I say agitated because the poems move in a way that can and will cause some discomfort to the reader. Honesty and directness, even in allegory, will leave readers contemplating the world around them and how they perceive it.
(the) elegy is a gripping anthology of poetry that will take readers through war, depression, death, and self-realization. This is not a collection of love poetry or happy thoughts. Instead, it’s primitive and ruthless in its depiction of humanity and the direction we’re headed. This is a collection of insightful poems that will give readers pause and make them consider what they value in life and in themselves.
Pages: 146 | ASIN: B0B8WLNB8T