The book was compiled from Thomas H. Johnson's hard-to-find variorum from 1955. While some explanatory notes would have been helpful, it's a prodigious collection, showcasing Dickinson's intractable obsession with nature, including death. Poem 1732, which alludes to the deaths of her father and a onetime suitor, illustrates her talent:
My life closed twice before its close;
It yet remains to see
If Immortality unveil
A third event to me,
So huge, so hopeless to conceive
As these that twice befell.
Parting is all we know of heaven,
And all we need of hell.
The musicality of her punctuation and the outright elegance of her style--akin to Christina Rossetti's hymns, although not nearly so religious--rescue the poems from their occasional abstruseness. The Complete Poems is especially refreshing because Dickinson didn't write for publication; only 11 of her verses appeared in magazines during her lifetime, and she had long-resigned herself to anonymity, or a "Barefoot-Rank," as she phrased it. This is the perfect volume for readers wishing to explore the works of one of America's first poets.
Emily Dickinson's poetry is beautiful, touching, and timelessly relevant.Published 2 days ago by A. Freimann
Emily Dickinson is one of the great poets of the ages and this volume by Johnson is a true rendering of her work-- as she wrote.Published 2 days ago by Flavio LaMorticella
Her poems as we all know classics, timeless ! Yes I would definitely recommend it !Published 1 month ago by Kathi Rainwater
This is NOT the Johnson edition, but a bait and switch version. Most dashes removed (a few left for character?!), some titles added and organized BY THEME. Read morePublished 2 months ago by callie b
I can't wait to give it to my boyfriend! Emily Dickinson's work is magnificent and this is very VERY well madePublished 3 months ago by ~Forest Elf~
Emily Dickinson is the soul of the feminine voice in modern poetry, she is elegant, elliptical, brilliant and unique. Read morePublished 3 months ago by TechiePoet
Load up your Kindle with great classics like these - you can't afford not to do it!Published 3 months ago by Lori Beth