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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.
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 14 days ago by Cynthia Parten
A great big book in excellent condition. It arrived in a timely manner. No complaints.Published 2 months ago by Patricia L. Carter
Made a great gift and it is a BOOK and works without electricity or Wi-Fi.Published 2 months ago by ME
A very complete book; I now rate Emily Dickinson as the greatest woman writer in the English language.Published 3 months ago by Barton Gratt
Emily Dickinson has been my favorite for a long time. Now in this season of my life, widowhood, I find new meaning and inspiration that never touched my life like her heart's cry... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Retlaw