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Selected Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Emily Dickinson
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Over 100 best-known, best-loved poems by one of America's foremost poets, reprinted from authoritative early editions. "The Snake," "Hope," "The Chariot," many more, display unflinching honesty, psychological penetration, and technical adventurousness that have delighted and impressed generations of poetry lovers. No comparable edition at this price. Index of first lines.

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At Length
The Battlefield
The Bee
The Bluebird
The Brain, Within Its Groove
The Chariot
A Country Burial
A Day
Day's Parlor
Delight Becomes Pictorial
The Dying Need But Little, Dear
Evening (1)
Evening (2)
The First Lesson
Forbidden Fruit: 2
The Forgotten Grave
Fringed Gentian
The Goal
Good Night! Which Put The Candle Out?
The Heart Asks Pleasure First
Hope (1)
I Breathed Enough To Learn [or, Take] The Trick
I Felt A Funeral In My Brain
I Had No Time To Hate
I Know A Place Where Summer Strives
I Lived On Dread; To Those Who Know
I Meant To Find Her When I Came
I Went To Heaven
I'm Nobody! Who Are You
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
If You Were Coming In The Fall
In Shadow
In The Garden (1)
In Vain
It Was Not Death, For I Stood Up
It's All I Have To Bring To-day
The Journey
The Letter
A Light Exists In Spring
A Little Road Not Made Of Man
The Lost Jewel
The Lost Thought
The Master
Me! Come! My Dazzled Face
Mother Nature
My Nosegays Are For Captives
The Mystery Of Pain
Nature Rarer Uses Yellow
The Nearest Dream Recedes, Unrealized
The Only Ghost I Ever Saw
The Pedigree Of Honey (diff. Vers.)
The Railway Train
Safe In Their Alabaster Chambers
The Sea
The Sea Of Sunset
A Shady Friend For Torrid Days
The Show
The Snake
So Bashful When I Spied Her
So Proud She Was To Die
The Soul's Storm
Summer Shower
There's A Certain Slant Of Light
There's Been A Death In The Opposite House
They Say That 'time Assuages'
This Is My Letter To The World
The Thought Beneath So Slight A Film
A Thought Went Up My Mind To-day
A Thunder-storm (2nd Version)
To My Quick Ear The Leaves Conferred
Two Voyagers
Victory Comes Late
We Outgrow Love Like Other Things
We Play At Paste
The Wife
Wild Nights! Wild Nights!
The Wind (1)
The Wind's Visit
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

Product Details

  • File Size: 729 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0486264661
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (April 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A73FGH2
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is not really the edition you want. June 22, 2001
By tepi
I don't doubt that it's possible to enjoy Emily Dickinson's poems in editions like this. But you should be aware that you are not really reading what she wrote. You are reading what earlier editors _wish_ she had written - a sort of 'tidied-up' and regularized version, a badly-tampered-with-text of a genius by those who weren't.
In a way, the situation is a bit like the one that prevails with regard to food. Would you rather eat natural food or genetically modified food? Maybe the modified food doesn't taste any different, but it might be doing harmful things to us that the author of real food never intended. So why take a risk when we can have the real thing ?
There are two major editors who can be relied on for accurate texts of ED's poems. These are Dickinson scholars R. W. Franklin and Thomas H. Johnson. Both produced large Variorum editions for scholars, along with reader's editions of the Complete Poems for the ordinary reader. Details of their respective reader's editions are as follows.
THE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON : Reading Edition. Edited by R. W. Franklin. 692 pp. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1999. ISBN 0-674-67624-6 (hbk.)
THE COMPLETE POEMS OF EMILY DICKINSON. Edited by Thomas H. Johnson. 784 pp. Boston : Little, Brown, 1960 and Reissued. ISBN: 0316184136 (pbk.)
For those who don't feel up to tackling the Complete Poems, there is Johnson's abridgement of his Reader's edition, an excellent selection of what he feels were her best poems:
FINAL HARVEST : Emily Dickinson's Poems. Edited by Thomas H. Johnson. 352 pages. New York : Little Brown & Co, 1997. ISBN: 0316184152 (paperbound).
Friends, do yourself a favor and get Johnson's edition. Why accept a watered-down version when you can have the real thing?
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Good poet, bad edition August 26, 2000
By A Customer
Although Emily Dickinson is a marvelous poet, this edition is not a good one to buy. The catalogue claims it is printed from "the earliest, most authorative editions" without noting that the earliest editions were heavily edited, eliminating much of what makes Dickinson unusual and brilliant. For example, another reviewer quotes from poem 258, which should read "There's a certain slant of light, / Winter Afternoons-- / That oppresses, like the Heft / Of Cathedral Tunes--"; the first editor didn't think many people would know what the word "heft" meant, so he (without Dickinson's posthumous permission) simply replaced it. Get a volume of Dickinson's poems, certainly! But not this one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Edition March 22, 2004
I ordered this text directly from the publisher for my students. Never once did the Dover Thrift folks ever mention that this is the "cleaned up" version of the poetry, that Dickinson's own syntax and punctuation had been altered by later editors. Though these edited versions were common years ago, today nobody really reads these versions of the poems except to discuss the stultifying effect that such gender and publication politics had on her work. Please note that there are many wonderful versions of Dickinson's work in print, and that these poems are NOT Dickinson's, not as rich or complex as hers, and NOT even worth a dollar. Find her poems for free online, or go ahead and buy a more worthwhile edition. SKIP THIS ONE.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emily Dickinson April 9, 2000
By A Customer
This little gem is a treasure trove of the best of Emily Dickinson. All of her best known works are found nestled within these pages. President John Adams once gave the advice that you would never be lonely with a poet in your pocket. It is so true. I carry this little book with me everywhere, and find myself inspired by the magic within the pages. The poems have been ordered in a logical way either by theme or topic. It includes "Hope" , "The Chariot", "March" and my favorite, "There's a certain slant of Light on winter afternoons that oppresses like the weight of cathedral tunes..." Buy this book if you wear your heart on your sleeve, your passion on your paper and your soul on your solitude.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very portable! October 18, 2012
I have the fat Franklin tome containing the complete poems, the definitive collection, but this slim volume is the one that goes with me everywhere. It nestles almost invisibly in my purse. Weighs next to nothing, despite the weighty content of the verses.

It may not contain all my favorites, but enough of them (109) to get me through a wait in the dentist's office. Or to enrich a tea break downtown.

Certainly it contains the poems I want to commit to memory. Like "I'm nobody! Who are you?" And " I died for beauty...". And "Wild nights! Wild nights!"

The poems are chosen from the earliest anthologies of Emily Dickinson's poetry, which means they don't have the benefit of the latest scholarship. Dickinson's earliest editors had a tendency to normalize her punctuation, and modern scholars have corrected their corrections. But I've decided not to mind, since this is just my portable poet. My authoritative collection stays at home, as did the poet herself.

In short, although this volume may not satisfy serious Dickinson scholars, it has its value for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars censored January 24, 2004
By A Customer
emily dickonson....censored. Her poems were not only the words but all those commas and punctuation marks.
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Love Emily Dickinson and I love this book. The shipping came pretty fast since I did kind of order it a little last minute for my summer reading list, but I enjoyed every last bit... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sarah Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book!
I do love this book of poems and I think that Emily Dickinson is very good at writing them. They always give me something to think about and I really enjoy reading her books.
Published 4 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to my poetry collection.
A lovely collection of poems by one of my favorite poets! A great addition to my poetry collection. You simply cannot go wrong with a book of poetry by Emily Dickinson!
Published 10 months ago by Sarah Price
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely poetry
Expressive, insightful, thought-provoking, the poetry is beautiful. There's a bittersweet sanded in her works and her poems touch the heart. Would definitely recommend.
Published 13 months ago by jcapone
4.0 out of 5 stars A good little book for those who love the poems of Emily Dickinson.
For most of my life I have loved all kinds of poetry with the exception of the so-called modern free verse poetry, which I find boring and without any meaningful value except for... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joseph J. Truncale
5.0 out of 5 stars Good price
There's not a lot of pages to this book of poems. But for $1.50, it's not a bad deal. I would recommend buying this.
Published 20 months ago by H. LO
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read!
This book was ordered as part of a bundle of textbooks needed for the Spring 2013 semester. The books arrived within two days due to my Amazon Prime subscription, and were in brand... Read more
Published 21 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Good version to go for
I have to read this for my English class and this was the recommended version. I like it, it is super portable and has a nice print size. Read more
Published on September 12, 2012 by Marvel lover
3.0 out of 5 stars Is not that bad.
For people that like poetry they will like it.!!! I got it for college and I read some,... they are not that bad.
Published on March 5, 2012 by Vane
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Portable Inspiration.
This is the perfectly sized volume to tuck into your bag for those random free moments during your day when you'd like to refresh your psyche with a tad of Dickinson. Read more
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