The Sun and Her Flowers Summary & Study Guide

Kaur, Rupi
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The Sun and her Flowers is a collection of poetry in five parts by Rupi Kaur. These five sections trace Kaur's journey towards self-love and self-empowerment, eventually culminating in Kaur's contented statement, "there is nothing left to worry about. the sun and her flowers are here" (248).

Kaur's collection begins with a section called "wilting," in which Kaur comes to terms with her now-ended relationship and her former lover. Throughout "wilting," Kaur deals with self-hatred, depression, and loneliness, unable to move on from her past relationship. By the end of "wilting," Kaur decides that she must move on, thus truly beginning the journey that will persist throughout The Sun and her Flowers.

In "falling," Kaur delves into her past, not only considering the effects her most recent relationship had on her, but also the effects of her childhood and her past experiences. Most notably, Kaur relates the story of how she was raped as a young woman, articulating how this tragedy affected her. As "falling" progresses, Kaur makes progress towards her goal of self-love and self-empowerment by searching through her past.

In "rooting," Kaur's exploration of her past continues, as she considers her parents' experience as immigrants and how difficult immigration must have been for both of them. In this section, Kaur synthesizes the genre of confessional poetry with that of political poetry, offering commentary on current refugee and immigration issues. Toward the end of "rooting," Kaur begins to speak about her personal relationships again, and her tone is much more confident and self-assured.

In "rising," Kaur speaks about her new-found love with another partner, which helps her to overcome her past relationship and learn to love herself. In this section, Kaur's poetry emphasizes the sexual element of her new relationship, speaking toward the need to love one's body specifically in addition to loving other aspects of oneself.

In "blooming," Kaur comes to the end of her journey towards self-love and self-acceptance. Kaur implies that each one of her readers also needs to undertake such a journey, encouraging her readers to begin to explore their own histories and come to a place of self-love and content. In "blooming," Kaur addresses the themes which have persisted throughout The Sun and her Flowers: cycles of healing, self-love, immigration, physical intimacy, and female empowerment.

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