The Rose That Grew From Concrete By Tupac Shakur.

The Diverse Reader The Rose That Grew From Concrete By Tupac Shakur Book Review

Title: The Rose That Grew From Concrete

Author: Tupac Shakur

Genre: Poetry

Published: February 3, 2009

Publisher: MTV Books

Total Pages: 176 pages

Topics Include: Love, Politics, Finding Yourself, Drugs, and more.

Amazon Synopsis: Tupac Shakur's most intimate and honest thoughts were uncovered only after his death with the instant classic The Rose That Grew from Concrete. For the first time in paperback, this collection of deeply personal poetry is a mirror into the legendary artist's enigmatic world and its many contradictions.

Tupac Shakur is a well known artist that was known for his music but also his poetry. The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a collection of poetry that was written from the teen years of Tupac Shakur. The poetry varied across a few topics but was written into different chapters. The poetry is a piece of Tupac that can make you see a different side to him.

My favorite line:

“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature's laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it's dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.”

My thoughts:

The Rose That Grew From Concrete is a collection of poetry by the legendary Tupac Shakur. When I first purchased The Rose That Grew From Concrete I wanted to keep an open mind to the poetry written in this book because of the poet that wrote it and the age that he wrote the poetry. From his teen years, Tupac has written poetry and it is collected into this one book.

I enjoyed majority of the poetry because of the language and ideas that Tupac discussed. There was poetry about politics, famous people throughout history, love and racism. My favorite poetry focused on racism and reflecting on who Tupac was as a person. I was able to understand the thoughts that Tupac had outside of his music career.

Some of the poetry in the love collection seemed to be repetitive to me and some poems I did not connect to but overall, the poetry did keep me wanting to read more. Tupac’s poetry was honest and sounded like something he would say. I have to admit as I was reading the poetry I kept hearing Tupac’s voice and it made the poetry even more raw.

The book showed the poetry in normal font and in Tupac’s handwriting. I liked that the book showed both writing styles because you were able to connect to Tupac more and feel as if you were reading his journal. I am glad that I was able to read more from the well known artist and see a different side to him. I would recommend this book especially to people that are fans of Tupac Shakur.

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