"Divan of Shah" by Shah Asad Rizvi
4 out of 5 stars
Format: Ebook from author
Read in 2 days
Read in 3 sittings
Sat on TBR for 3 weeks
"Divan of Shah represents an unconscious longing for union within. It is beautifully illustrated and a wonderful amalgamation of some of Shah’s brilliant work filled with the raw emotion of love as if he himself has spilled his heart onto a canvas and has painted love itself. Shah has tapped into the collective unexplored and perhaps his own realm of dreams. The book meticulously presents so many aspects of love in specific detail which harkens one’s appreciation for love even more than before and some examples of love we may have taken for granted. It shows the limitless power and ways love presents itself and how it can change one’s life for the better or worse. This one is a thoughtful collection of poetic lines that invites the reader into the dimension of love, which happens to be the idea of a reflective mirror having no color yet for all colors of the embodiment are reflected back." (Goodreads)
*Thank you to the author for a free copy of Divan of Shah in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
*I have also not read a lot of poetry books and I have very little knowledge of the subject. I am basing my review off of subject matter, poem type, imagery, language, and organization*
Right from the beginning, the reader can tell the author poured his heart into each poem. From the love of his mother to a partner, Shah lets the reader into his soul. I only wish that there was a little more diversity with the subject matter. After a while, some of the poems sounded repetitive. (+.5)
The style of each poem (length & rhythm) was pretty much the same throughout the book. I wish I could have seen different types of poems with different lengths, couplets, alliteration, or maybe a sonnet! (+.5)
The imagery was beautiful. I could visualize some of the poems and they made my heart happy (or sad). (+1)
Throughout the book, I highlighted a few lines that really stuck out to me. The language was beautiful, memorable, and impactful. I also bookmarked a few pages to go back to if I ever wanted to read them again. (+1)
I thought the poems were organized as well and nothing seemed out of place. (+1)
Some of my favorite poems were Mother, Then Now & Forever, This World, and Never.
My only issue was I wish that over the course of the book, each poem added to an overall storyline of the love that he felt for his partner. I have very little knowledge of poetry so I don't even know if that would be possible.
If you are looking for a book full of love poems, then this one is for you!