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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 wanted to get acquainted with ED. How could you not all-star rate such a poet.Published 13 days ago by Kay
For any bibliophile, or anyone entranced by Dickinson's haunting, stark and before-her-time poetry, this is a must have. Every poem is categorized, and even dates are given. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Cornflake_Grrl
The Kindle edition does not appear to be the Thomas H Johnson edited version as implied on the site. Read morePublished 1 month ago by michael
I am constantly amazed at how Emily captures the right images and words to express the challenging issues of life and death.Published 1 month ago by Jackson E. Parham