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 is still my favorite poet, and as someone with a BA and MA in English I've read a whole bunches of them. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Marvin W. Carnes
Maybe not every poem of Emily Dickinson's is excellent. Overall a very enjoyable book.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Maybe I didn't read the information well enough but this COMPLETE set of poems was complete at the time of the books printing, not long after Dickenson's death and before her many,... Read morePublished 28 days ago by James D. Rapp
Don't bother - this is NOT the complete poems and is NOT the advertised associated book. Not all the poems are here and there is no first line index as advertised in the book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KB
My dear Emily, friend and poet--obscurity and bipolar, like me.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Pretty thick book, but then again it is a collected works. The book is exactly what you are looking for if you want the collected poems of Emily Dickinson.Published 1 month ago by Wyatt