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Editorial Reviews


After Great Pain A Formal Feeling Comes
As Imperceptibly As Grief
Awake Ye Muses Nine, Sing Me A Strain Divine
Because 'twas Riches I Could Own
Best Witchcraft Is Geometry
The Doomed - Regard The Sunrise
'faith' Is A Fine Invention
Fame's Boys And Girls, Who Never Die
Glass Was The Street In Tinsel Peril
Go Not Too Near A House Of Rose
Good Morning - Midnight
Had I Not Seen The Sun
The Heart Has Narrow Banks
His Oriental Heresies
An Hour Is A Sea
I Cannot Live With You
I Felt A Funeral In My Brain
I Like A Look Of Agony
I Tried To Think A Lonelier Thing
I'm Nobody! Who Are You
The Mind Lives On The Heart
The Morning After Woe [or, Wo]
Much Madness Is Divinest Sense
My Life Had Stood - A Loaded Gun
Of Nearness To Her Sundered Things
Partake As Doth The Bee
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Publication Is The Auction
The Red Blaze Is The Morning
The Riddle We Can Guess
Safe In Their Alabaster Chambers
She Dealt Her Pretty Words Like Blades
The Soul Has Bandaged Moments
Split The Lark And You'll Find The Music
Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant
That Odd Old Man Is Dead A Year
There Is A Finished Feeling
There Is A Languor Of The Life
There's A Certain Slant Of Light
They Shut Me Up In Prose
To Whom The Mornings Stand For Nights
Upon A Lilac Sea
Victory Comes Late
We Grow Accustomed To The Dark
The Whole Of It Came Not At Once
Wild Nights! Wild Nights!
The Wind Took Up The Northern Things
Winter Under Cultivation
You Love Me - You Are Sure
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder® --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Known as “The Myth of Amherst” for her withdrawal from society while still a young women, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) had an inner life that was deeply emotional and intense. She know rapture and despair, pondered the wonder of God and the meaning of death. She broke tradition and was criticized for her seminal experiments with unorthodox phrasing, rhyme and broken meter, within concise verse forms, thus becoming an innovator and forerunner of modern poets.

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Product Details

  • Series: Essential Poets
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco (March 14, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060887915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060887919
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.3 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #692,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Pour on November 23, 2009
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I'm not, generally speaking, a poetry kind of guy, but this is by a poetess personality with whom I am in sympathy. Her self-imposed, mostly secluded adult existance away from humankind has always made me wonder and appreciate her. I once worked with an old and very experienced female newspaper reporter who once said to me in disgust: "You know, people are just no damned good." I also remember a quote from somewhere, by Charles Bukowski I think, that said: "I like people, but I seem to feel better when they're not around." There seems to be a peace and stillness not to be found elsewhere in living mostly apart from others and not participating in their frantic money gathering, incessant and/or nonsensical babbling, their grand propensity for violence in it's many forms, self-idolizations and their hippocracies. She died for beauty, but from her writing I perceive she found much in nature, but didn't find so much in humankind. Just a sprinkling here and there, and maybe that's enough. Her comments about religion and church-going make me smile. She seems to have been an insightful genius. The recording is just fine.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Shalom Freedman HALL OF FAME on March 30, 2007
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Emily Dickison is one of the world's most memorable poets. This selection of her writing introduces us into her epigrammatic visionary verse-. There could not be a more appropriate person to introduce Emily, than another haunted inhabit of the deep literary imagination- Joyce Carol Oates.

Dickinson's verse stings and remains seared in the mind . It touches earth and tries Heaven in oblique inferences which shatter us out of our mental slumber.In subtle perceptions of metaphor it addresses the fundamental longings and distinctions of the human soul. It defines and redefines our feeling , in contracted language which expands the meaning we give to our own everyday lines.

"Exultation is the going of an inland soul to sea

Past the headlands, past the houses into deep eternity"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D_Spider on July 31, 2011
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the producers could have, should have, included more. Julie Harris' reading is excellent, and of course the poems are excellent, but there's empty space on the disk and there's an ad on the disk for audio-disk recordings that is not what I paid for and not what belongs with Dickinson's poetry. And, as long as I'm being picky, "essential" Dickinson does not include the significant proportion of letters on this disk at the expense of quite a few better-known poems. So it gets only 4 stars from me. "Publication is the Auction / Of the Mind" for sure.
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Due to a few popular poems being taken out of context & turned into greeting card homilies, Emily Dickinson is sometimes relegated to the cute shelf by those who really don't know her work. This sampler of her poetry -- including some of those popular poems -- is just the cure for that misconception among those who might otherwise dismiss it without ever having heard it. Julie Harris gives just the right reading: informed by her talent as an actress, but never too over-acted, she breathes life & feeling into these poems, and brings out their subtle qualities, The listener is made aware of Emily Dickinson's experience of life, in which Death & Eternity were quite familiar acquaintances --how often a line strikes boldly, even pitilessly, due to her absolutely clear & lucid vision, and her ability to put that vision into vivid, often startling words. There's nothing genteel or mannered here; this is the voice of someone who sees Life & Death stripped of everyday illusions & comfortable glosses, finding their true stark beauty with unblinking honesty. This is the voice of someone who felt far more deeply & richly than most of us ever manage -- and the poems & letter excerpts reflect this in a way that has never been matched. Most highly recommended!
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I am enjoying listening to this CD, and I expect that I will be listening to it for a long time to come.
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