Book Reviews

Hamartia | Sharanya Singh | Book Review

  • Publisher : Notion Press (17 March 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Print length : 74 pages

My Review

Hamartia literally means a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.

Hamartia by Sharanya Singh is a collection of 20 poems that speak of tragedy, loss, numbing pain, and hope. Listless thoughts cloud this collection as we traverse through one poem after the other. The 17-year-old author has poured her heart into writing her thoughts down and bringing out her labour of love for all of us to read and feel.

The poems very well cover the topic of mental health and effectively produce its true picture using words. As effortlessly as they portray how it feels to be in a wrong mental space, they also communicate the need to cling on to hope. The poems go on to elaborate how deteriorating mental health and ascending pain pushes a person into some kind of stupor. Is there a way out? Yes, there is.

There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Liberation comes around when you finally get a release from the pain. I specifically liked how the author has put up trigger warning before a couple of poems that mention suicidal tendencies. At 17, the author is well on her way to making a fulfilling contribution to mental health discourse in society. My favourite poem turned out to be wallflower that tells about the beauty of wildflowers.

This collection ends on a note that urges one to put up a fight, yet again. Simple writing and profound meaning are the underlining aspects of Hamartia. If you’re young, in need of a good dose of poetry, read it.

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