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The Poems of Emily Dickinson Kindle Edition
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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. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
Mr. Franklin is the recognized authority on Emily Dickinson's poetry and gives us 1,789 poems, the largest and most accurate collection of her verse...For all those who love Emily Dickinson's unique verse this is a treasure trove from which to choose. This is a publishing coup of the first order. (Contemporary Review 2000-10-01)
Not only is it the 'authoritative' and 'definitive' edition of her complete poems, it is a gorgeous volume printed by the Belknap Press, complete with a crimson ribbon bookmark...For those who like Emily Dickinson and who want all the poems as she wrote them, unmolested by well-meaning editors and thoughtless publishers, this is the book. In one volume you can hold the closest thing to the real Dickinson that anyone will ever get. (bn.com) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00AWJMV9W
- Publisher : Start Publishing LLC (December 28, 2012)
- Publication date : December 28, 2012
- Language: : English
- File size : 420 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 347 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #58,343 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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However, this collection edited by Thomas H. Johnson has Dickinson's original syntax and words. The difference can be stark.
Consider poem 1544. Here is the modified version:
Who has not found the heaven below
Will fail of it above.
God's residence is next to mine,
His furniture is love.
Here is the intended version:
Who has not found the Heaven -- below --
Will fail of it above --
For Angels rent the House next ours,
Wherever we remove --
To me, there is no comparison. If you agree, get the Thomas Johnson version. But be cautious--it looks like only the hardback is the intended i.e., Thomas Johnson, version.
Based on other reviews, I'm assuming the paperback edition is the more recommended *Johnson* edition and probably has all 1775 poems.
I'm assuming the recommendations are reliable, because I haven't read Dickinson since high school (40 years ago) and If I'm going to read her now, I want to start with the *real* thing. A Kindle version would be ideal, though. Since they're so short, I can read one anywhere, any time, and then think it over as I go on my way.
I taught elementary school for 30 years and attempted to help the children I learned from and spent my days with, aware of poetry. I was lucky to discovered the PBS series "Voices and Visions" (viewable at [...]) which introduced me to other poets. Some of these included William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, and happily and fortuitously Emily Dickinson. I fell in love with her poetry. But teaching did not allow me the time to dive headlong into the 1775 poems contained in this Wonderful edition. I had purchased a couple of used "selected works" editions but little did I know that when I purchase this editon at Amazon.com, what was about to happen to me. Once I retired I was able to give myself over to her canon and my life changed (seriously).
Retired- I had the time. I started reading the poems. Not an easy task. I read a biography. Then I moved on to critiques and analyses of her work, more biographies, and of course, there was always the poetry. But how do you read 1775 poems?? The biographies I read presented a fascinating and a remarkable Woman. Was I capable of understanding what she and her writings were about?? Having read Blake for so long developed, in me, a patience to continue.
I've read well over 30 books about Ms. Emily and her work. I've continued to read, from this paperback edition, over these many, many years. I carried it everywhere. Because it was a paperback I thought it would fall apart. (I am not kind to the books with which I live.) But that edition I bought years ago is still, amazingly enough, in great shape with highlights on each and every poem. I cannot believe it is still functional, but it is and it is the most valuable book I have ever owned. (Sorry William.) This is a book of Great Value. I recently came across a hardbound copy of this edition at used bookstore. But nothing will ever replace my original copy.
I have read all 1775+ poems "in context." That was important to me. I did not just want to be able to say, "I've read all of ED's poems." I wanted to read them with a sense of what Emily was saying. That's not an easy task. I do not want to deluded myself into thinking I have an understanding about Emily Dickinson. After reading the other 30 or so books, I've been helped to understand some of her work. But her work IS inexhaustible.
I have fallen in Love with Emily Dickinson, as have many. (See Billy Collins' "Undressing Emily Dickinson."). I want to say that the time I've spent reading her work has been worth every second. This, (this paperback edition), has seen me through this journey and for that I am most grateful!!!.
I Love Emily Dickinson.
Be aware! Once you've read her poems you'll HAVE to read her letters!