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.
Great value to be able to dip in and out of Emily Dickinson's poetry as the mood takes me.Published 23 hours ago by Carmel
I've been reading Emily Dickinson all of my life, off and on. I decided at age 60, to read her Complete Poems & discovered a much different persona emerged when I read the lesser... Read morePublished 4 days ago by James Ruggia
This version is not the authentic version of Dickenson. The editor has chosen to remove all that is unique about Dickenson.Published 4 days ago by Frank Anderson
To be alive is the read poetry. Love them all, her with all of them, my poets.Published 5 days ago by ELIANA SOUZA FURTADO
A very bad edition - no annotations and impossible to find the poem you are looking for. But worst of all - they change Emily's punctuation by leaving out the dashes. Do not buy.Published 9 days ago by L. Pond
I love the fact that her poetry is virtually as she wrote it but I hate all the Hypotheses about her personal life. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Suzen
I love Emily Dickinson! This book contains all 1775 poems Emily Dickinson wrote during her lifetime, divided by subject which was helpful. I loved reading her works. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cynthia Parten