A poetry collection

Poetry - Love/Romance
40 Pages
Reviewed on 10/29/2021
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Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite

Isabel Scheck’s Astrophile: A Poetry Collection is a pleasing collection of poems that expresses pure and sincere feelings of love. A girl’s love is so bright and beautiful like the stars in the night sky. However, just like many other things, there comes a time when it all fades away. Read Astrophile and immerse yourself in the deep, heartfelt messages found in every poem. Astrophile is a profound collection of poems that stirs my emotions right from the start. The poems I read moved my heart and they held my attention right to the very end. This book will surely be appealing to those who have experienced the ups and downs of being in love. The raw and subtle emotions in each piece can be felt from every line of poetry.

The selections found from the start until the middle of the collection gave off an innocent and pure feeling, like the first blossoms of love. As I read on to the end, I could then feel the pain and longing radiating from the verses. The line “perhaps, one day I’ll find someone who loves me enough to stay on Earth and not want to be galaxies away from me” resonated with me and I couldn’t help but shed a tear for this lonesome soul who dreams of finding love again. To me, this poetry collection perfectly expresses the passion of those who fall in love. However, as time moves forward, some things and people change, and often someone you thought would stay forever leaves and you are left with nothing but memories and an aching heart. Astrophile is about love, heartache, and yearning and it has touched my heart and soul with its heartfelt words. I found each poem to be awe-inspiring and earnest and I hope to read more of Isabel Scheck’s remarkable poetry.

Cassie Widjaja

Astrophile: A poetry Collection by Isabel Scheck contains 30 short poems about the rollercoaster adventure that is love. While not set in chronological order, these poems describe how a girl quickly falls in love with someone who reminds her of the most beautiful galaxy, only to be heartbroken and alone when her loved one suddenly leaves. In describing special moments between the two lovers and the sad feeling of being left behind, the author reflects on how relationships don't always end well despite leaving an impression on the one who loved with their whole heart.

To love or not to love is the question that we must ask ourselves. In Isabel Scheck's heartbreakingly beautiful poems, she explores a relationship from the start to its sudden end. Reading Astrophile made me reflect on whether I would have chosen to love if I had known that it would only get me hurt. At the same time, Isabel made me realize that loving someone changes you, and even if you're left only with memories of better times, you're still better for it. I also greatly appreciated the comparisons of a loved one to objects we study in astronomy as it fits that when you love someone, that person will be compared to the best thing in your mind, like the galaxy. If you're looking for an incredible and short read that will tug on your heartstrings and make you reflect on your past or future relationships, this book is definitely for you!