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Chronicles of Chaos and Consonance by Kalybre the Eclectic

Poetic language is certainly hard to master.

You need to be descriptive but not too complicated. Elegant with your words but simple enough for the imagery to flow and dance on the page.

One thing about poetry is just how subjective it can be.

Which makes reviewing it quite a challenge.

Chronicles of Chaos and Consonance is a poetry collection written by Kalybre the Eclectic. If you like mystical, magical poetry, then this collection is certainly something you’d enjoy.

A collection of poems related to the world, mother nature and magic, there are 9 poems altogether. However, the last few are long poems of several “chapters” if you will – mini epics in their own ways, telling longer stories.

There’s not much more about the collection I can really say without jumping into the review, so I’ll get right into it.

Review

I’ve never reviewed poetry before. University taught me how to look at it objectively, but it was one area I always struggled with. Either I liked it or I didn’t. Often times, I wouldn’t like the poetry if it didn’t rhyme, or didn’t follow a simple scheme. I grew up thinking poetry had to follow certain rules. Whilst this collection certainly had some rules, it didn’t follow any typical ones or even consistent ones.

That’s not a negative point – poetry doesn’t have to rhyme or follow a specific pattern. In fact, if I’ve learned anything, it’s that a poem can be an utter mess and still work. 

Chronicles of Chaos and Consonance contains an abundance of words that capture the reader with a mixture of poetic language and flowing imagery. Although most of the poems didn’t follow a distinct rhyme scheme, they had a rhythm that ensured the poems still flowed.

My favourite poems were actually the first three – mainly because I’m not a huge fan of longer poetry. So for the sake of this review, I’ll only focus on them individually.

In particular, ‘Naked Souls’ really drew me in. The emotion was evident in the language and the rhyme added to it beautifully. Almost angry, frustrated, every line captured me with an emotion. I could imagine this poem being spoken aloud on a stage, the words spilling the emotion to a crowd of eager listeners. Although the rhyme did seem to slip at times, the rhythm and existing rhyme was so well done that I barely noticed.

‘The Universe’ and ‘Alone’ were both great poems for very similar reasons – they held depth and created emotion that kept me reading. Although I preferred the rhyming in ‘Alone’, ‘The Universe’ had better metaphors and imagery. Both poems were meaningful and deep, relatable to the reader and flowed well.

As with every review, there were some parts I think could have been improved:

As I said, poetry is very subjective and so, it’s hard to be constructive with them. I don’t want to suggest an improvement and end up dissolving the meaning of the poem, so I’ve tried to keep it as objective as possible.

The collection was well-written but several poems could have flowed better with some extra punctuation. I like to read poetry out loud and found myself struggling for breath at times with some of the lines. Also, without punctuation, some poems read a lot faster than they perhaps should have been (‘Alone’, in particular, lost some of the meaning before I slowed down reading it).

Rhyme also wasn’t consistent in many of the poems but as mentioned, that’s not necessarily negative. However, I’ve included it in the improvement section because I do think at times, the rhyme would disappear and the rhythm would also be inconsistent, meaning the poem(s) wouldn’t flow as well.

The only other thing I feel I can say about the collection is that the rhyme would sometimes feel forced, as though it was so important, any word would work to keep it. As much as I’ve gone on about rhyme being important, it doesn’t work if you just throw any old word in. Fortunately, that didn’t happen an awful lot, but it was something I noticed from time to time.

Overall, the collection is beautifully written and captures the reader with beautiful images of nature and emotion. All poems fit well together, either by similar themes or language; the sense of magic filled each poem with a mysterious, enchanting wonder that definitely added to the collection.

Would I recommend this poetry collection?

Yes

Connect with the author:

W: https://kal-ec.net

Author:

Creative Writing graduate and lover of all things space, dinosaur and food related. When I’m not too busy perusing Twitter and Facebook, or writing the next Harry Potter*, I’m usually reading or catching up on the latest Netflix show. Avid Jurassic Park fan and anything zombie-related, my survival skills are impeccable (at least, I imagine they would be if the end of the world ever came about). Stationery is my weakness and I’m also a huge fan of anything cat, bird or cacti related; you’ll most likely find me sitting on a bench in the city feeding pigeons with the “Do Not Feed The Birds” sign right next to me. *Full disclosure, I’ve never read the Harry Potter series. I know, I’m a terrible bookworm.

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