[Review] Deepti Menon's Poetry: Best Words in the Best Order

Updated: Jun 8, 2021

I just finished reading Deepti Menon’s book, Poetry: The Best Words in the Best Order - a compilation and interpretation of famous poetry.

This book was published as part of the Blogchatter Ebook Carnival. The title of this book touched my curiosity and compelled me to pick this book first - The Best Words in the Best Order.

This e-book is a compilation of timeless pearls strung together. If you're new to poetry then this one is perfect to begin. You will be amazed!

About the Author

Deepti Menon is a well-known author, poet and blogger. Some of her popular published novels are Arms and the Woman, Shadow in the Mirror, Where Shadows Follow, Classic Tales from the Panchatantra and Shadows Never Lie. She has contributed to more than twenty anthologies.

Deepti has 50 years of experience writing short stories, long articles and more. She often writes fondly about her first poetry book titled Deeparadhana of Poems, which was compiled by Deepti's mother on her behalf. It has more than 100 poems composed by Deepti, including the first poem that she wrote when she was just ten years old.

About the book

Poetry gives meaning to our lives. For some, it's a way to understand the world around us. This book brings together the greatest words ever written by some wonderful poets and poetesses to have walked this planet.

The book, Poetry: The Best Words in the Best Order, comprises 26 chapters for 26 poems. The poems appear in alphabetical order. Deepti has selected the masterpieces of master poets across nations and times. Her choice of poems underlines her knowledge of classic poems. A wonderful poetry collection that tickles your senses.

As you progress through the book, you can't help but wonder at the different emotions and themes brought together in this collection.

Some poems warm your heart, like Abou Ben Adhem by Leigh Hunt.

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!)

Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace,

And saw, within the moonlight in his room,

Making it rich and like a lily in bloom,

An angel writing in a book of gold

Some poems were part of our syllabus and evoke nostalgia, like Palanquin Bearers by Sarojini Naidu.

She springs like a beam on the brow of the tide,

She falls like a tear from the eyes of a bride.

Lightly, o lightly we glide and we sing,

We bear her along like a pearl on a string.

Some poems will make you smile like Waves and Clouds by Rabindranath Tagore

"My mother is waiting for me at home," I say,

"How can I leave her and come?"

Then they smile and float away.

But I know a nicer game than that, mother.

I shall be the cloud and you the moon.

I shall cover you with both my hands,

and our house-top will be the blue sky.

A detailed analysis follows each poem. Deepti interprets each poem so well, explaining and analysing each stanza. Images are also shared where needed. In this section, the voice of the writer comes out with absolute clarity.

You may think that popular poems don't need to be explained. But this is a much-needed section since the collection here transcends periods. And many words are interpreted differently or less used now. Also, there is the matter of context which may have to be explained to the new age reader.

But what I loved most was the part about the highlights of the poet’s life and achievements, which Deepti shares. I was surprised to know that Rudyard Kipling, the poet of If also wrote The Jungle Book.

Rudyard Kipling was born in India, and much of his work was inspired by his association with the sub-continent. 'The Jungle Book' was one of his most popular novels, and the movies broke all records in viewership. Other works like 'Kim', and poems like 'Gunga Din', 'Mandalay' and 'The White Man's Burden' have their admirers as well. In 1907, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature and was considered one of the most renowned writers in the UK in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His short stories are also considered rather remarkable.

And that’s not all. Deepti shared links to poem recitals and interviews of poets. I loved watching a video of Robert Frost reciting one of his popular poems.

Recommended for

A book for the library of poetry lovers.

I would also recommend it to aspiring poets as an introduction to English language poetry. Different styles, themes and poets of different periods - in one book. Not to be missed.

And it's available to download free here click. Let the beauty of words capture your soul.

The book blurb

The magic of poetry can never be denied, be it in any country or any language. It is the music of the soul, as poets so often proclaim. Samuel Taylor Coleridge defined it thus: ‘Poetry: The Best Words in the Best Order’. What better title could there be for a volume that eulogizes poetry, and waxes eloquent about classic poems that have a wealth of meaning within? Reading poetry is akin to diving into the ocean and coming up with a pearl every time. I hope this volume evokes the very same feeling in the hearts and minds of its readers.