I Danced with Sorrow
I Danced with Sorrow is a collection of short verse poetry detailing the journey of one girl as she struggles to come to terms with what she has endured. It is split into five sections. Each is centred on a different aspect of her life, tackling various topics such as heartbreak, abuse, and finding liberation through creativity. Some of the main themes included are, love, life, death, hope, loss, and the rebuilding of self. I Danced with Sorrow encourages the reader to explore the darker aspects of life, and reminds them that even after the chaos, there is still light.

I Danced with Sorrow Details

TitleI Danced with Sorrow
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 18th, 2016
ISBN-139781549769818
Rating
GenrePoetry

I Danced with Sorrow Review

  • Alicia Wright
    January 1, 1970
    As I can't edit the description, I thought I would put this here:TW: abuse, death, low self-esteem, body negativity, sexual imagery, poor mental health.
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    I was very kindly provided with a copy of I Danced with Sorrow by the author in exchange for a honest review↠ {4.5 stars} "I danced with sorrow.Then, when it was time,I grabbed sorrow by the handand lured it into the ink of my pen" So, I find it quite hard to review poetry. You can't assess characterisation, worldbuilding and progression of narrative in the way you can with fiction. But regardless, I Danced with Sorrow was really quite a lovely read. Short, undeniably sad in sections, but writ I was very kindly provided with a copy of I Danced with Sorrow by the author in exchange for a honest review↠ {4.5 stars} "I danced with sorrow.Then, when it was time,I grabbed sorrow by the handand lured it into the ink of my pen" So, I find it quite hard to review poetry. You can't assess characterisation, worldbuilding and progression of narrative in the way you can with fiction. But regardless, I Danced with Sorrow was really quite a lovely read. Short, undeniably sad in sections, but written with lovely prose and heart. Wright charts complex emotions in a humanistic way, utilising short poems that leave you pensive and thoughtful. Sometimes there is a simple accompanying sketch that adds another facet to the level of creativity this book possesses, but never once does it get over the top. "What good is your crownif it's made of thornsand carries the weight of your guilt?" TL;DR: An undeniably lovely collection of introspective poetry
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  • ☽ MaryJane ✨
    January 1, 1970
    I was given an copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way impacted my review. "What good is your crownIf it’s made of thornsAnd carries the weight of your guilt?” Rating and reviewing books of poems is always a bit difficult for me. Mainly because it is so clear when the author pours so much of their heart into their work, and also because a large part of the enjoyment of these books is based on how much I personally related with the content. That I was given an copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way impacted my review. "What good is your crownIf it’s made of thornsAnd carries the weight of your guilt?” Rating and reviewing books of poems is always a bit difficult for me. Mainly because it is so clear when the author pours so much of their heart into their work, and also because a large part of the enjoyment of these books is based on how much I personally related with the content. That being said, the poems in this compilation are well written. They create nice pictures, and they make the reader feel something. They are all pretty easy to understand and follow, but not in a way that makes them overly simple. I found that I enjoyed the shorter poems more than the longer ones, but I think that was just a personal preference. I think the lengthier poems felt like they were trying to say a lot and for me I wasn’t always sure what that was unless I read it a few times. I’m going with a solid three stars here because while it is well written, I think the author is still trying to find her voice throughout this book. I think there is a lot of potential here and I am hoping to follow her growth as she writes more material. This is definitely worth reading, the author touches on a lot of important topics that I think some people will appreciate more than I was able too!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    The author very kindly provided me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.I Danced with Sorrow is a beautiful, honest and raw (of the so called) modern poetry collection with both shorter and longer poems. (With the word "beautiful" I don't mean to romanticize the heavy topics this book deals with, but that the authors way of expressing words are at times beautiful, especially towards the end in the part "closure".) It also contains some lovely illustrations and the book in general The author very kindly provided me with a digital copy in exchange for an honest review.I Danced with Sorrow is a beautiful, honest and raw (of the so called) modern poetry collection with both shorter and longer poems. (With the word "beautiful" I don't mean to romanticize the heavy topics this book deals with, but that the authors way of expressing words are at times beautiful, especially towards the end in the part "closure".) It also contains some lovely illustrations and the book in general reminded me a little bit of Rupi Kaur's Milk and Honey, so if you are a fan of hers I would definitely recommend picking this up as well. Wright writes very honest and some of these poems makes you really feel the raw feelings the author is putting into words. (I don't know if raw is the best word to explain it but that's what I thought more than once when I read it.) I enjoyed that there were both long and short poems because I personally feel that only long poems will take a very long time to process (at least for me, you know: you want to think about what you read) and only short poems wouldn't have been enough (personal opinion!!), so I'm glad there were a mix of the two. One of my favourite from this book was the one I'm guessing titled the whole collection:I danced with sorrow.Then, when it was time,I grabbed sorrow by the handand lured it into the ink of my pen.(page 101) Other one's of my favourites you can find on page 28, 32, 64 and 92.This was my first time reading a whole poetry collection, I usually just read one poem at a time and leave it breathing in my mind for a bit. So it took me a bit of time to read this because I didn't just want to read through it in one go. I Danced with Sorrow is something I highly recommend you pick up if you enjoy modern poetry like the work of Rupi Kaur, Samantha King and R.H. Sin.
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  • Andreea Daniela
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of “I Danced with Sorrow” from the author in exchange for an honest review. However this will not influence my opinion on the book in any way.“I Danced with Sorrow” is a collection of strong and beautifully written poems with topics that vary around the themes of “love, life, death, hope, loss, and the rebuilding of self” as mentioned in the synopsis. The book is beautifully written, portraying strong stages of emotions that capture the reader’s attention as the author plays wi I received a copy of “I Danced with Sorrow” from the author in exchange for an honest review. However this will not influence my opinion on the book in any way.“I Danced with Sorrow” is a collection of strong and beautifully written poems with topics that vary around the themes of “love, life, death, hope, loss, and the rebuilding of self” as mentioned in the synopsis. The book is beautifully written, portraying strong stages of emotions that capture the reader’s attention as the author plays with words to picture the pure state of every emotion she goes through.Every poems is written as if felt down to the core, the emotion is authentic as lived through. I love authors that creatively play with words to expose emotions, that include symbols that add to create a mysterious atmosphere. Adding up to the content of the book, the cover is absolutely STUNNING.“I was hunted – like the sun hunts the moon”I stumbled upon some poems that really caught my attention, and not only because of the elements it spoke of, but in the way the ideas were passed on to the reader and taking their grip upon him, the ways in which it lures him to keep reading. “A flightless bird travelled south of winter,Wandered terrains soaked crimson underan expanse emblazoned with coughing smoke.She answered the call of a dying star”I believe this is my second favourite poem, there is just something in the way Alicia writes that makes me curious and “curiouser”, more drawn to her poetry in her entangled ways of describing the emotions she has been through. I believe one person needs to have a certain amount of experience and emotional stability inside in order to be able to express themselves in a way that makes the entire world seem to revolve around their mind, feelings and thoughts. Alicia calls to those elements ( the stars, the moon, the birds) and to strong emotions ( courage, hurt, loss, self -rebuild) . She creates this world of her own, where sadness, love, loss, courage… all blend together making a life , describing a life that must be lived before your own rebirth, before your own uprising, before you become whole as a human being.
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  • Angharad (Two Book Thieves)
    January 1, 1970
    *I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*It goes without saying that I'm not the BIGGEST fan of poetry, neither have I explored the world of it very much. My favourite poetry collection is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and I Danced with Sorrow is very reminiscent of these two books. I Danced With Sorrow is a collection of short verse poetry split into five sections that explore heartbreak, abuse and finally, liberation. I have to say that *I was sent a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*It goes without saying that I'm not the BIGGEST fan of poetry, neither have I explored the world of it very much. My favourite poetry collection is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and Salt by Nayyirah Waheed and I Danced with Sorrow is very reminiscent of these two books. I Danced With Sorrow is a collection of short verse poetry split into five sections that explore heartbreak, abuse and finally, liberation. I have to say that the poems steadily got better as the book went on and I managed to connect to them steadily. Some were short and to the point and others flowed lyrically and they all came together, almost like a tale. I'd definitely recommend this collection of poetry either if you are new to the genre or a frequent reader. It is clear that Alicia put her heart and soul into this book and I'm honoured to have read it.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    First of all, the COVER is absolutely one of the best ones I've ever seen. It's not as minimalist as I'm used to with this style of book, but its gorgeous and I love it so much.I remember going into this without any expectations and was blown away anyway. I posted a lot of my favorite pages on Snapchat (which was so much that I stopped because I didn't want to spam), so you get the idea. The poems are raw, hard hitting, eloquent, and portray things I can't even put into words nearly as well as s First of all, the COVER is absolutely one of the best ones I've ever seen. It's not as minimalist as I'm used to with this style of book, but its gorgeous and I love it so much.I remember going into this without any expectations and was blown away anyway. I posted a lot of my favorite pages on Snapchat (which was so much that I stopped because I didn't want to spam), so you get the idea. The poems are raw, hard hitting, eloquent, and portray things I can't even put into words nearly as well as she did.A lot of my friends even told me they were loving the poems, using words like "lit", "beautiful", "woke", "amazing", and more. I loved being able to share this with them, and I know I've convinced at least one person.
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  • Melissa Jennings
    January 1, 1970
    My previous review was redacted as I'm transferring my reviews onto my personal GR account - Melissa (thebookishpoet).
  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this anthology of poetry - I love poetry and used to write poetry often, but I found that I struggled with it a little too much. Due to this, I live vicariously through those who publish these books.That being said, I came across a few mistakes grammar-wise and spelling mistakes, but when you self-publish, this is bound to happen. I don’t believe it really took away from the purpose of the anthology, but it was obvious enough for me to notice and stumble when I came to p I really enjoyed reading this anthology of poetry - I love poetry and used to write poetry often, but I found that I struggled with it a little too much. Due to this, I live vicariously through those who publish these books.That being said, I came across a few mistakes grammar-wise and spelling mistakes, but when you self-publish, this is bound to happen. I don’t believe it really took away from the purpose of the anthology, but it was obvious enough for me to notice and stumble when I came to parts that may have needed a bit more revision. Overall, though, I loved every bit of it. The raw emotion in the poems can be felt, and it kept my attention throughout. If I were to compare it to anything, I would say it reminds me of the formatting of Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, but somewhat along the lines of The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace content-wise/subject matter wise.
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  • GeorgiLvsBooks
    January 1, 1970
    Some beautiful poems.
  • Samthefangirl
    January 1, 1970
    “I danced with sorrows.Then, when it was time, I grabbed sorrows by the hand And lured it into the ink of my pen.”I danced with Sorrow is the most breathtaking poetry collection I have ever read. Although this collection is so personal to the author, still I found ways to relate and connect to each poem. I found the messages behind the collection as a whole was utterly inspiring to me as a young aspiring author and as a young woman going through life and all the insecurities that come with it. I “I danced with sorrows.Then, when it was time, I grabbed sorrows by the hand And lured it into the ink of my pen.”I danced with Sorrow is the most breathtaking poetry collection I have ever read. Although this collection is so personal to the author, still I found ways to relate and connect to each poem. I found the messages behind the collection as a whole was utterly inspiring to me as a young aspiring author and as a young woman going through life and all the insecurities that come with it. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves poetry with a deeper meaning in relation to personal experiences.
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  • Pumpkinreader
    January 1, 1970
    "If I close my eyes, I can see it now:hazel beams encased our fortress of solitude as we sat, backs pressed against magnolia walls. Rays of sunlight filtered in above our heads, and leap on dust. This was where we came to bask in the presence of the other."I like this one 😍
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  • Lovisa
    January 1, 1970
    Lovely poetry collection
  • Ioana Maria
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy from the author for an honest review but this does not influence my opinion.„I Danced with Sorrow” is a beautiful collection of poetry that I recommend with all my heart. The poems are flowy and diverse enough that everyone can relate to. The themes vary, from love to heart-break and loneliness, to everyday life. I love the way the author portrays the emotions so strongly and beautiful that you can’t help but be caught in them like in a river. Her play with words is amazing, ha I received a copy from the author for an honest review but this does not influence my opinion.„I Danced with Sorrow” is a beautiful collection of poetry that I recommend with all my heart. The poems are flowy and diverse enough that everyone can relate to. The themes vary, from love to heart-break and loneliness, to everyday life. I love the way the author portrays the emotions so strongly and beautiful that you can’t help but be caught in them like in a river. Her play with words is amazing, hard hitting, eloquent and witty and it gives off an authentic emotion and feeling. I had so many poems that I liked, that just managed to convey my own feelings and thoughts and I think to be able to do this you have to have an understanding of life at another level. I think Alicia managed to do this briliantly and I hope to see more of these beautiful poems from her.Here is one of my favourite poems:„Maybe our lives aren’t supposedto make us happyFill the days with somersaultsin recompense for our looming mortality.Maybe they’re supposed to make usfeel something.”
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  • Chloe
    January 1, 1970
    Actual rating: 4.5 stars. Full review: https://chloemuses.wordpress.com/2017...
  • Fariha Khayyam
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!I Danced with Sorrow handles topic that are barely whispered in today's societies and kept behind closed doors. Alicia portrays it beautifully in this collection of her poems. The collection completes a journey of girl who was suffering and then finds retribution through writing. While I flew through the book, the feeling still lingers. My Rating: 4/5**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**
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  • Lucie
    January 1, 1970
    I was kindly sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewIt's always hard to review poetry. It's not like a novel in which you have a plot, characters or even world-building. Here you have to judge poems, which makes it difficult because they all talk about life experience.To me, reading poetry means connecting to what the author says. To what the author has experienced. Because modern poetry is mostly about that: an author explaining something that happened to them. “Youth is a c I was kindly sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewIt's always hard to review poetry. It's not like a novel in which you have a plot, characters or even world-building. Here you have to judge poems, which makes it difficult because they all talk about life experience.To me, reading poetry means connecting to what the author says. To what the author has experienced. Because modern poetry is mostly about that: an author explaining something that happened to them. “Youth is a certain kind of beauty.It's transformative. Fleeting.Experienced only once.” Nevertheless, I loved I Danced with Sorrow. It's rather short, undeniably sad in some parts, and it wasn't hard to feel Alicia's heart in these poems. All these are the first things I look for when reading poetry.What was the hardest part for me in this book was that I didn't connect with some poems, and that's where life experience came in line. That's the reason why I didn't give 5 stars to this book, even though it is amazing.I highly recommend it to any poetry enthusiast! “What good is your crownIf it’s made of thornsAnd carries the weight of your guilt?”
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  • Phoebe
    January 1, 1970
    Beautifully well written, unique, and different. Authentic and raw, and truly inspiring. In love!
  • Saga
    January 1, 1970
    I got sent a PDF copy by the author for a review. Content warning: abuse, death, low self-esteem, body negativity, sexual imagery & poor mental healthI'm not going to lie, I've never been a huge fan of poetry. Well, to be fair, I never really gave it a chance. But when I saw that Alicia was looking for people to read her book I thought "I might as well give it a chance, the worst that can happen is that I don't finish the book."What happened was that I was completely blown away. I found that I got sent a PDF copy by the author for a review. Content warning: abuse, death, low self-esteem, body negativity, sexual imagery & poor mental healthI'm not going to lie, I've never been a huge fan of poetry. Well, to be fair, I never really gave it a chance. But when I saw that Alicia was looking for people to read her book I thought "I might as well give it a chance, the worst that can happen is that I don't finish the book."What happened was that I was completely blown away. I found that the writing was really beautiful & some of it really resonated with me. Towards the end there was a section that said that this book was meant to inspire & help the reader & I can honestly say that it did just that for me. If you are a first timer like me, you'll most likely have a difficult time grasping some parts (at least I did) but I think that's just... part of it, so to say.As Alicia herself wrote (I copied it into the beginning of this review), there are some content warnings with this poetry collection. I did hesitate a bit before reading after seeing that one of the content warnings was something that is a trigger for me. Yes, that led me to be a bit cautious while reading but from my point of view, I only got a bit uneasy with a few parts & nothing more. I realise that I can't speak for everyone, just my own experience, so be careful & take care of yourself.To sum it all up, for being the first ever poetry collection I've read, I did pick a good one.
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  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    A very deep and emotional book. It was very thought provoking. I'm not sure it is the sort of book I would regularly go back to but it definitely interesting.
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