The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson THE ONLY ONE VOLUME EDITION CONTAINING ALL OF EMILY DICKINSON S POEMSOnly eleven of Emily Dickinson s poems were published prior to her death in the startling originality of her work doomed

  • Title: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
  • Author: Emily Dickinson Thomas H. Johnson
  • ISBN: 0316184136
  • Page: 378
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

    THE ONLY ONE VOLUME EDITION CONTAINING ALL 1,775 OF EMILY DICKINSON S POEMSOnly eleven of Emily Dickinson s poems were published prior to her death in 1886 the startling originality of her work doomed it to obscurity in her lifetime Early posthumously published collections some of them featuring liberally edited versions of the poems did not fully and accurately represTHE ONLY ONE VOLUME EDITION CONTAINING ALL 1,775 OF EMILY DICKINSON S POEMSOnly eleven of Emily Dickinson s poems were published prior to her death in 1886 the startling originality of her work doomed it to obscurity in her lifetime Early posthumously published collections some of them featuring liberally edited versions of the poems did not fully and accurately represent Dickinson s bold experiments in prosody, her tragic vision, and the range of her intellectual and emotional explorations Not until the 1955 publication of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, a three volume critical edition compiled by Thomas H Johnson, were readers able for the first time to assess, understand, and appreciate the whole of Dickinson s extraordinary poetic genius.This book, a distillation of the three volume Complete Poems, brings together the original texts of all 1,775 poems that Emily Dickinson wrote.

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    1. Timothy

      Because she is so freaking good--As good--as she can be--She makes me want--to scream--and shout--And set my poor heart free--Because I cannot live without--Her rhythm--and her rhyme--I keep this poet close at handAnd only ask--for time.

    2. Paul Bryant

      I felt a sneeze - as big as GodForm in - back of - my NoseYet being - without - a HandkerchiefI Panicked quite - and frozeSneeze I must - yet sneeze - must notDilemma - made - me grieveHappy then - a single BeeSaw me - use - my sleeveWell all right, I did not read every one of the 25,678 but certainly a fair number. You know when she died they found she'd stuffed poems everywhere in her house, up the chimney, down her knickers, tied in little "packets" onto her dogs' hindquarters, someone cut a [...]

    3. Praveen

      When I hoped, I fearedSince I hoped, I dared! I realized for a moment with a great sense of sadness that from now on, whenever I decide to read a famous poet for the first time, I must keep myself free from any prejudice and presumption. I had heard that she was regarded as a transcendentalist as far as the major themes in her poems were concerned. I do not know from where I got this notion, I probably learned it from some of the early articles, I read about her poems somewhere. How authentic wa [...]

    4. James

      Book Review I love Emily Dickinson's poetry. I recently went to a museum exhibit dedicated to her and fell in love again with one of her poems, which I'll dissect below: Critics of Emily Dickinson’s poem number 328, commonly titled “A Bird Came Down the Walk,” have several different interpretations of the poem. Most critics believe that the poem is a “conventional symbolic account of Christian encounter within the world of nature…” (Budick 218). Although several critics take a religi [...]

    5. Duane

      This is a huge volume of poetry and probably not meant to be read straight through, but that's what I did. Some of them I didn't like or understand, but there were many that I thought were beautiful and perfectly suited to my feelings. I think that's the way with most poets and their readers. After reading, I was left in wonder about this strange and reclusive woman who saw only a handful of her poems published before her death. She never knew she would be a success, never knew her poems would b [...]

    6. Pantelis

      A rose for Emily With gratitude and affection She left us her poems, it was her way to share her loneliness with us

    7. Aubrey

      They shut me up in Prose —As when a little GirlThey put me in the Closet —Because they liked me “still” —Still! Could themself have peeped —And seen my Brain — go round —They might as wise have lodged a BirdFor Treason — in the Pound —Himself has but to willAnd easy as a StarAbolish his Captivity —And laugh — No more have I —I recently ran across an argument against eBooks that went along the lines of suspicions of censorship, commenting on how easy it would be for publ [...]

    8. Janice

      Emily Dickinson's poems convinced me, at an early age of 9 or 10, to become a writer myself. I discovered her poems from the obsolete American textbooks my mother got from the collection in our school library. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when it was too hot to play outside and children were forced to take afternoon siestas, I'd end up reading her poems and imagined the person, that woman, with whom I shared similar thoughts. My favorite poem remains to this day:I'm nobody! Who are you?Are [...]

    9. Dolors

      “I taste a liquor never brewed” by Emily DickinsonI taste a liquor never brewed –From Tankards scooped in Pearl –Not all the Vats upon the RhineYield such an Alcohol!Inebriate of air – am I –And Debauchee of Dew –Reeling – thro' endless summer days –From inns of molten Blue –When "Landlords" turn the drunken BeeOut of the Foxglove's door –When Butterflies – renounce their "drams" –I shall but drink the more!Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats –And Saints – to window [...]

    10. Zazo

      the complete poem by Emily Dickinsonwith the help of the prowling Bee, by Susan Kornfeld I was able to go behind the scenes in Emily Dickinson worksafter 3 months of reading plan i would say Emily Dickinson is pure and one-of-a-kind no doubt

    11. Sarah

      Emily Dickinson articulates my own thoughts and feelings in a way I never could. She manifests my ideal. She validates my existence. If you like Emily, I like you.I hide myself within my flower,That wearing on your breast, You, unsuspecting, wear me too— And angels know the rest. I hide myself within my flower,That, fading from your vase, You, unsuspecting, feel for me Almost a loneliness.

    12. Eryn☘

      4 starsAfter reading through most of these poems, Emily remains one of my top favorite poets. However, I also came across many poems that I felt no connection with and frankly made no sense to me. So with that in mind, I unfortunately couldn't give this 5 stars. Still a great experience though! I highly recommend this book if you're a fan of poetry and/or Emily Dickinson.

    13. Diana

      I love Dickinson. More specifically, I love the sense of balance I feel when reading any of her poems. Her poetry has light within its overwhelming darkness; it is straightforward yet subtle. Its originality is sometimes even startling. I have learned so much in reading her work but the most powerful of lessons I take from Dickinson is to "Tell all the truth but tell it slant The Truth must dazzle gradually/ Or every man be blind."

    14. Alan

      See the Dickinson documentary A Loaded Gun for my take on this writer, arguably the best poet inEnglish. (I play the villain in that film directed by James Wolpaw.) I have given reading-whistlings of ED's bird poems*, from memory of course, in the garden of the Dickinson Manse in Amherst, and I have recited an hour of Dickinson on several occasions (from memory). In fact, Dickinson is fairly easy to memorize--a hallmark of fine verse. Perhaps only Yeats' tetrametric "Under Ben Bulben" is easier [...]

    15. J.M. Hushour

      Running upwards of 1,700 poems, there's no conceivable way I could read them all. I settled for maybe half. That's not to say I'm not tempted to read them all, but Dickinson is one of those fine poets who begin to run a little stale after the first 200 or so poems. Best to step off and return to it later.Don't get me wrong, her innovative poetics is almost ghastly in its profundity, so much so that people use words like 'profundity' or say that she, who had no powers of prescience that her biogr [...]

    16. Jo (A rather Bookish Geek)

      This book boasts a fabulous collection of work's by Emily Dickinson. Admittedly, I didn't enjoy all of them, hence the four stars given, but the majority of the poem's were beautifully written, as well as being rather thought provoking."He fumbles at your spirit As players at the keys Before they drop full music on; He stuns you by degrees, Prepares your brittle substanceFor the ethereal blow, By fainter hammers, further heard, Then nearer, then so slow Your breath has time to straighten. Your b [...]

    17. Kristopher

      I would highly, highly recommend strolling through Dickinson's collected verse. She's a (surprisingly) highly underrated poet. Going deep into her entire collection will unearth unknown gems as well as old favorites. This edition, organized chronologically, allows the opportunity to study her growth as a poet and explore her obsessions over time. It also provides the date of first publication (if there was one). A must-have for any poetry enthusiast, highly recommended for those who have a modes [...]

    18. Angigames

      Emily, ogni tua poesia è un sogno! La tua mente è così superiore che non posso permettermi di scrivere nulla su di te. Le tue poesie sono magiche, le ho adorate tutte!CONSIGLIATO.

    19. Margaret Langstaff

      The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson Thomas H. Johnson, ed.--The Definitive Text, Accept No Substitute(c) Copyright 2012 Margaret Langstaff. All rights reserved. [from the forthcoming Reading Emily Dickinson by Margaret Langstaff]So often misunderstood and ill-served by her editors and publishers, Emily Dickinson is a rara avis among major American poets. She shunned the spotlight, kept to herself and her family in her home in Amherst, MA, refusing to cater to popular tastes. She never publishe [...]

    20. Annie

      What can I say? Emily Dickinson's poetry is the most stunning, haunting poetry I've ever read. I'd read just a few of her poems before decidin to tackle her complete works. It's an incredible experience to read poem after poem that almost makes you feel like she understood the emotions of mortality better than anyone alive. And how she could convey that with words wow.

    21. Lightsey

      Update: I am at last finished (after a year of not really steady reading). Now I just have to start memorizing. . . The result of reading the full Emily is only greater curiosity. Now I want to see the poems as she arranged them, in their packets. The chron. arrangement pokes at a biographical revelation that ultimately seems beside the point. . . I'd rather just take her inner world as its own end. On the other hand, I've also started an edition of her letters. --She is fascinating. I'm wonderi [...]

    22. Bill Dauster

      This splendid book collects Miss Dickinson’s fruitful progeny. Before her time, she mastered the short form and slant rhyme that epitomize the modern poem. Yes, she spends far too much time lamenting death and contemplating bees, but her mostly private thoughts leave a mark on the American soul. "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —Success in Circuit liesToo bright for our infirm DelightThe Truth's superb surpriseAs Lightning to the Children easedWith explanation kindThe Truth must dazzle [...]

    23. Selby

      "MUCH madness is divinest senseTo a discerning eye;Much sense the starkest madness.'T is the majorityIn this, as all, prevails.Assent, and you are sane;Demur, - you're straightway dangerous, And handled with a chain."A perfect collection for a perfect poet. Poems small in length but gigantic in impact. For a classic example look above. Some argue it is about John Brown, written shortly after his execution, an interpretation I adore. Fantastic.

    24. Elizabeth

      "Hope" is the thing with feathers—That perches in the soul—And sings the tune without the words—And never stops—at all—And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—And sore must be the storm—That could abash the little BirdThat kept so many warm—I've heard it in the chillest land—And on the strangest Sea—Yet, never, in Extremity,It asked a crumb—of Me.

    25. Nils Samuels

      At her best, ED combines a tight form with words that should trouble us, about the limits of knowing and about the terror of death, which are sometimes one and the same. Along with Whitman, the first great (because the first realistic) American poet.

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