Blackbird Singing by Paul McCartney

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I’m a little bit obsessed with the Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney. His music has helped me work through a lot of really difficult stuff and honestly, I owe so much to him and the rest of the Beatles. That probably sounds a little stupid, but I really don’t know where I would be today without that music. But that’s another blog post entirely. When I found out that Macca had penned a book of poetry, I bought it right away.

Rating: [3/5]

Summary: In this book, Paul combines a collection of free verse poetry and song lyrics. The songs come from all stages of his career, spanning his time with the Beatles, Wings, and as a solo artist. A few of the songs were coauthored with John Lennon or with his wife, Linda.

Likes: Both poems and songs alike are filled with the wit and emotion characteristic of his work, as well as vivid imagery and metaphor. Some of my favorite poems in this collection are on the more emotional side, including “Ivan,” “Jerk of All Jerks,” and “Nova.”

Dislikes: The pacing of his poetry can be hard to get into because there is an absence of punctuation. In my experience with poetry, it is read according to punctuation and not line-by-line. In reading his poems both of these ways, the pacing changes completely and because of the lack of grammatical cues, I am not sure which way of reading them is correct.

TL;DR: These poems are beautiful, honest, and full of emotion. Anyone–not just fans of the Beatles or Paul–could enjoy this collection.

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