Melodies of the Mind

A Reflection of Mind, Heart and Soul

Poetry - General
55 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2023
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Reviewed by Courtnee Turner Hoyle for Readers' Favorite

Melodies of the Mind is a book of poetry by Rabia Tanveer. In Tanveer’s dedication, she explains her purpose for publishing it, dedicating it to those of us who need inspiration and encouragement. Themes of love, loss, self-worth, happiness, and pain are described throughout its pages using imagery and metaphors. With rhyming couplets that lend a song-like lilt, she writes the poems in an AABB pattern and invites us to reflect on their meaning. From wrestling with the ego and overcoming difficulties to hard truths and unrealized dreams, you will relate to the poems on a personal level.

Rabia Tanveer embraces a full range of vocabulary, and the meter of the poems feels like a song, completely justifying the work's title. Many of the poems are healing and deliver a sense of mindfulness. Her ubiquitous writing flows through you with peace and harmony. I connected to Tanveer as I absorbed the beautiful language and heartfelt feelings. Tanveer’s depth as a poetess shines through as she skillfully words each stanza. The brevity should not relate to its worth, as the profound emotions each piece evokes relay this collection’s true value. Melodies of the Mind will be treasured by those ready to digest the sentiments expressed and relate to the themes within.

Astrid Iustulin

It is a pleasure to investigate the human mind through poetry because this literary genre allows you to highlight feelings and emotions very well. A talented poet who knows this well is Rabia Tanveer. In her delightful poetic collection, Melodies of the Mind: A Reflection of Mind, Heart and Soul, Tanveer invites her readers to discover wonderful verses dedicated to acceptance, self-acceptance, pride, freedom, and the most poetic topic of all — unreachable dreams. In this way, readers will have the opportunity to understand and meditate on our deepest emotions and feelings through the description of moods that each of us has experienced at one time or another.

Melodies of the Mind is a poetic collection that offers readers wise and refined poems, and I am fascinated by them. Rabia Tanveer vividly represents what you usually find in the human soul - aspirations, desires, pain, and weaknesses. I believe that, as it happened to me, readers will realize all these experiences are similar to theirs; overall, they will feel that these poems are about them. Two things, in particular, struck me about this book. The first is Tanveer's ability to describe a wide range of moods and emotions because she always chooses the right words. The second is that, by reading the poems one after another, one can quickly switch from one mood to another, as in everyday life. This is a gift of this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is fascinated by the human mind and poetry.

Philip Van Heusen

Rabia Tanveer gives us a wonderful book of poetry called Melodies of the Mind: A Reflection of the Mind, Heart and Soul. The poems are encouraging and uplifting. Her goal is to share life's beauty and complexity, covering many topics ranging from love and joy to pain and grief. I love the line that says, “Acceptance is not about giving up.” People need to learn to accept a situation without yielding to being doomed. Tanveer understands that we are much more than the mistakes we make. No topic is too small or too large for her poetry. Remembering life’s simple pleasures helps us grapple with the complexities of life and love. I was uplifted and encouraged by the prose.

Rhyming should be natural. Too many people write poems with contrived and awkward rhymes. Rabia Tanveer understands that rhymes are nice but not essential to a great poem. She uses many rhymes, but only when they flow naturally. In Melodies of the Mind, Rabia shares wisdom from many different sources. For instance, she says the wise ones tell us to let the past go, or we might lose our way. People either love poetry or despise it. If you love poetry, this collection is for you; however, if you dislike poems, I still recommend it, for it might change your mind. These poems are beautifully constructed. They pluck at the heartstrings and elicit emotions that need to be expressed. This is how poetry should be, bold and beautiful.

Sherri Fulmer Moorer

I never thought a poetry book could capture such a range of emotions until I read Melodies of the Mind: A Reflection of Mind, Heart and Soul by Rabia Tanveer. Poetry is something I only visit occasionally, but I'm glad I took a chance on this book. It can be so hard to articulate the depth of emotion in the soul, and yet the author manages to capture the full range of human experience in these beautiful, inspiring poems that can reach the heights, the lows, and every place in between. She takes an honest look at herself and reality, and in doing so serves as a reflection that helps readers see their own truth in her words that resonate across all our realities.

I enjoyed this collection because of the unexpected surprise of capturing such a range of emotions in a way that's relatable. I felt like I was standing in her shoes, looking into a mirror of the emotions that I frequently experience, whether I embrace them, struggle with them, or accept them. Rabia Tanveer captures everything from joy to despair in beautiful language that reflects perfectly on the impact of the soul. Whether you're looking for acceptance, inspiration, meditation, or comfort, you'll find a friend who can relate to your experience. Melodies of the Mind: A Reflection of Mind, Heart and Soul is a brilliant book of poetry that can reach you wherever you are in life. I highly recommend this read.