Review of A Soldier's Book of Poems

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Review of A Soldier's Book of Poems

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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "A Soldier's Book of Poems" by E.J. Hardy.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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A Soldier's Book of Poems by E. J. Hardy opens a window into the author's feelings, thoughts, and reflections on his life as a soldier. The book contains 28 poems, and, according to the author, he wrote them while he was in a deep depression of no longer being able to work and facing a deteriorating state of health.

At 17, Mr. Hardy left school to join the Army. After serving for 33 years, the Army released him from service for medical reasons. The poems in this book have diverse themes like family, parenthood, love, friendship, and death. The book opens with the piece, 'Window of Life,' where the poet acknowledges how we are curious to know the future but are also scared we may not like what we see. However, he asks if we would really want to change our destiny and be satisfied doing so. At the end of the book, poems like 'Is It Wrong?' reflect the author's depression at the time.

This title further opened my eyes to appreciate the sacrifices those in the military continue to make for us. From some of the poems in the book, I could easily understand why many veterans are diagnosed with PTSD. However, I love how the author's poems express that he doesn't have any regrets about serving in the Army. I also enjoyed how grateful he is for his wonderful family, especially his wife, who stood by him through thick and thin. I liked how some of the poems prompted me to look inwards and reflect on my life. The poem, 'A Spec in Time,' reminded me of the inevitability of death and why we shouldn't bother ourselves with what people say or think about us.

Furthermore, the poems in this book are well written. I admired the author's use of figures of speech, like metaphor and personification, to make his writing colorful and intriguing. In the poem, 'Far Away,' the poet writes, "I know that death is never far, but this does not change my stance, for euphoria fills my body when I ask the devil for a dance." So powerful! However, my favorite aspect of this book is the author's prioritization of the cohesion of his thoughts over rhymes. While I enjoyed the rhyming scheme in most of the poems, I especially loved that they never appeared forced or got in the way of my understanding of the poems and the author's expressions. As a result, it is easy to empathize with the author and appreciate his honest expressions.

In conclusion, I am happy to report that I didn't dislike anything about this publication. I found a few typos in it, but the book seems professionally edited. Hence, I rate A Soldier's Book of Poems a solid four out of four stars. I highly recommend it to fans of poetry, especially those interested in poems reflecting the raw emotions of an ex-soldier.

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An excellent book. I may not be a big fan of poetry, but I sure am moved by such a heartfelt book.
The army is more difficult than most of us think. The training alone can make you lose yourself, how much more, the actual battle.
A big salute to all the soldiers out there, they are real-time heroes.
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Sounds like a wonderful collection of poems. I believe the author open up his heart and speaks about his pain through his verses. Poetry is an effective medicine, in my opinion. Thank you very much for a great review!
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Post by Marshie Jade Mandac »

The book tells us that if we made a decision and it change our lives we shouldn't regret it because it makes us stronger no matter how hard it was became tougher like the soldier who wrote the book it shows to that a lot of people might not believe in you but some people will go with you through thick and thin
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Post by Emiglee »

This is a beautiful review. I am not so keen on poems, but your review has enticed me to read this book. A soldier's sacrifice cannot be appreciated enough, and I am curious to know the authour's thoughts.
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Post by Leandre Nyathi »

I love poetry and I am particularly intrigued by the poet's life story. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for a great review.
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Post by Peace10 »

This is an amazing book. I find it amazing because it delves into the author’s life, we read about him at the lowest point of his life, and when things are good too. Livers of poetry will greatly love this.
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