4 out of 4 stars
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Are you a science lover? Do you love reading about cosmos, the universe, sky, stars, etc.? If yes, then you should read Wonder: In the Presence of Infinity by Jon Trovato, as you would love it. If no, then you must read this book, as it would change your perception and make you fall in love with the science of the universe.
Wonder: In the Presence of Infinity is a book of verses that would leave you wondering and fascinated. It is divided into four sections, named Realities, Possibilities, Considerations, and Questions, respectively. Each part contains twenty poems, justifying the titles of the segments. The poems seem to build a pattern, discussing the universe and its components. Beginning with the reality about the world, moving on to the possibilities that could be there regarding the theories of cosmos, then discussing the considerations that prevail, and ending with the questions that are left behind about the mysteries of the universe, a beautiful story is developed.
The poems are written in free verse, meaning that they don’t have any particular meter or rhyme scheme. Most of them are small verses with short lines, ranging from one to six words a line. The themes discussed are related to astrophysics, sky, moon, sun, celestial bodies, memories, connections, sound, music, home, etc. Some topics may seem a bit boring to a few people, but they are fascinating.
I loved everything about this book. The language, the style, the use of figures of speech, everything is beautiful. My favorite poem, among all, is “Like a Fine Mist.” It’s about memories and connections. A few lines from the same verse are:
“…they are the network
of connections that
feed our awareness
I liked how the poet has used different figures of speech, like, metaphor, imagery, anaphora, symbolism, etc. (for example, “As the fabric of space expands…”). One different thing about his writing style is that there is not a single punctuation mark (except a hyphen and an apostrophe) in any poem, not even the period. The verses end without any full stop, and maybe that could be an indication of the fact that it’s open to possibilities and interpretations.
The poet calls his poems Word Paintings, and indeed they are, as they paint a beautiful picture with words in front of the reader. There is nothing that I disliked about this book, and I would happily rate it with 4 out of 4 stars. It can be read in a single sitting, but I suggest that you take it slow, enjoying each verse at its fullest. I would recommend it to people who love reading about cosmos and elements related to our day-to-day lives.
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