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The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Complete Collection)

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Dickinson’s poetry is remarkable for its tightly controlled emotional and intellectual energy. The longest poem covers less than two pages. Yet in theme and tone her writing reaches for the sublime as it charts the landscape of the human soul. A true innovator, Dickinson experimented freely with conventional rhythm and meter, and often used dashes, off rhymes, and unusual ...more
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Published July 6th 2011 by G Books (first published January 1st 1948)
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Roy Lotz
May 22, 2014 Roy Lotz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can you write a book review
Entirely in verse?
Omitting standard sentences
For stanzas taut and terse?

It seems a fitting treatment
For such a book as this;
So humor me, I beg you—
And my limited wit.

Emily Dickinson was a poet,
One of the very best;
A natural gift with language—
At once daft and deft.

Something of a recluse,
Something of a crank;
Living closed up in her room—
Like a fish in a tank.

Undoubtedly a genius,
Ahead of her time;
Unappreciated in her life,
For her erratic rhymes.

But when she finally pass
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Maica
May 18, 2015 Maica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Emily Dickinson's poetry is as subtle and delicate as how she lived her life.

Imagine a life spent in total seclusion from society and the outside world, as how she lived: and yet her ideas are richer and profound compared to those exposed to society. Perhaps, in isolation within her own world and nature (and judging from her poems, she must have been an avid history and literary enthusiast), the themes found on her poems attained a unique kind of message: subtle and gentle, lofty, and even sat
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Steve
Sep 26, 2013 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Preamble (to be skipped)

I've been reading some poetry reviews by readers who are evidently lovers of prose, not poetry. Here are some ramblings motivated by those reviews.

Poetic prose is very admirable; prosodic poetry is not. It is very, very, very difficult to write a good love poem, because there are so many ways to fall into cliché and so few ways to startle, to reveal something unexpected - so difficult that most love poems are failures as poems, as it appears to me. (They may be succe
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Mahdi Bigdeli
Dec 12, 2014 Mahdi Bigdeli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
خود را درون گلم نهان می کنم
تا آن را بر سینه ات زنی
و مرا نیز بی اختیار در بر کشی
و دیگر هرچه پیش آید خوش است.
خود را درون گلم نهان می کنم
تا چون در گلدانت بپژمرم
تو بی اختیار هوای مرا کنی
انگار در نبودم تنهایی.
Speranza
Jun 11, 2016 Speranza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, poetry
I read Emily Dickinson in translation back at school and remember thinking her poetry was plain.
Reading her now, I realise that the plain one was me.

This, to me, is poetry in its purest and therefore most powerful form.

It is melody, it is painting, it is wisdom. It floats high above and it goes deep within. Simply beautiful.

I especially loved the nature poems. They are invigoratingly alive and they made me want to go out and run barefoot, hug a tree, get stung by a bee and burnt by the sun. To
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Trish
Jun 29, 2016 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This collection was a great introduction to Emily Dickinson's poetry - but I think it was just that, an introduction. While there are certainly some gems within this edition, I found myself uninterested in her poems about nature, which take up a significant part of this book. In time, I could definitely be persuaded to buy a complete collection of Dickinson's poetry to indulge in on a warm spring day.
Rachel
Feb 21, 2012 Rachel rated it liked it
There's nothing like Emily Dickinson for excellent, emotional, sometimes sarcastic, always entertaining, short poems.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I've seen a lot of references to Emily Dickinson lately so I decided to give in and read this, which I had downloaded for free from Barnes and Noble last July 4th, when they put up all their volumes in the B&N Classics Series by American authors for free download for Nook or Nook app.

DO read the collected poems of Emily Dickinson. DO NOT read this version. The editors have "helpfully" messed with her stylings, replacing her dashes with other forms of punctuation, ridiculous. You also have to
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Courtnie
Aug 29, 2012 Courtnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, reviewed, poetry
I'm not a poetry buff - but I suppose if I were to start somewhere, starting with Emily would be an appropriate place.
It was easy to read through the collective works, and I'm itching to own a copy to mark and highlight and dog ear for my own pleasure. It was hard not to do that on my loaned copy for sure. I continually wanted to re-write some of my favorites and plaster them on the walls of my bedroom like an adolescent.

I always imagined Emily to be someone who was exhuberant in life, and was
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Laura Marinkovich
I felt lukewarm about Emily's poetry until the last section of this book in which her famous melancholy side was displayed, then I took quite a fancy to her poems.
Death and Emily Dickinson go together like peanut butter and jelly. I've never known someone to make personal darkness and internal pain into something so beautiful. I especially like how her prose flows from my lips as if begging to be read aloud.
Oh Emily, my favorite hermit. I am so endeared to you.
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
عنوان: به خاموشی نقطه ها ... بر صفحه ی برف ...: گزیده نامه ها و اشعار؛ شاعر: امیلی دیکنسون؛ مترجم: سعید سعیدپور؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، مروارید، 1379، در 355 ص، شابک: ایکس 964602677؛ گزینش شعرها از کتاب فوق نوشته تامس جانسون و نامه از کتاب گزینه سرودها و نامه ها، موضوع: ویراسته: رابرت لینسکات؛ موضوع: شعر امریکایی قرن 19
Matt
Apr 16, 2017 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2017-reads
The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson contains a sizeable sample of the total works of the reclusive poet, who only came to prominence after her death. Containing 593 poems separated into five different themes, roughly a third of her overall productivity, this collection gives the reader a wonderful look into the talent of a woman who hid her art not only from the world but also her own family. Besides nearly 600 poems of Dickinson’s work, the reader is given a 25 page introduction to the poet ...more
Ella N.
Mar 22, 2017 Ella N. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barnes & Noble
Shelves: favorites
This book contains every poem that Emily Dickinson ever wrote. Over the time that I read it, it was actually stolen/mock-stolen and when I retrieved it the thief was pouring over a single poem, trying to reach the hidden meaning. They told me they thought it was about the government, and I thought it was about betrayal in love, yet we both saw the same poem. The actual poem was:
The heart asks pleasure first
And then, excuse from pain.
And then, those little anodynes
that deaden suffering.

And then,
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Maggie Emmett
Sep 07, 2014 Maggie Emmett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, american
I have taken to the idea of reading collected works lately and I must say I have enjoyed it. I read a selected volume of Dickinson in American Literature II at Uni, so not very well informed about her, though I had enjoyed her poems about death (minus religion) best. In this particular volume, I enjoyed the introductory essay at the start of the book, it was clear, informative and well organised - a nice blend of bio and critique. I also liked the section at the end of the book re- reference boo ...more
Ştefan Bolea
Jul 24, 2011 Ştefan Bolea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, ipad
I wasn't impressed by Emily Dickinson -- actually I've read her because Cioran is one of her biggest fans. What I have disliked: a touch of passive nihilism, of Schopenhauerian renunciation. I am not an active spirit myself, but compared to her I am prince Arjuna from Bhagavad Gita (after the conversation with Krishna). Therefore, I would have wished that the intensity of her poems had sparked up her biography as well. But at the same time I realize that the combination between her fire from wit ...more
kenneth
Aug 02, 2014 kenneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
An interesting collection by an interesting, unique, and important poet. This collection organizes various poems from throughout Dickinson's life by five different themes: life, nature, love, time and eternity, and a miscellaneous section entitled "The Single Hound".This book does not include all of Dickinson's poems, and it does not preserve her trademark use of dashes. However, it is still a good book. As the poet herself writes "We should not mind so small a flower/Except it quiet bring/our l ...more
John
Jan 19, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, classic
I will be honest--I had never just loved Emily Dickinson before I read this volume. I'd covered her in a quite a few classes I've taken, read all of the typical highlights, and I'd often found the rhyme and rhythms of her language repetitive and the images obvious and dull.

I thought she deserved another chance, though, seeing as she's Emily Dickinson, and so I've been slowly reading my way through this volume of verse, taking my time and rereading if something struck me.

A lot of things struck m
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Miroku Nemeth
Jul 27, 2013 Miroku Nemeth is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
“A precious mouldering pleasure 't is
To meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,

His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young.

His quaint opinions to inspect,
His knowledge to unfold
On what concerns our mutual mind.
The literature of old;

What interested scholars most,
What competitions ran
When Plato was a certainty,
And Sophocles a man;

When Sappho was a living girl,
And Beatrice wore
The gown that Dante d
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Hessie
Oct 24, 2013 Hessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel that Emily Dickinson does not get enough attention nowadays. She is and remains one of the most brilliant writers, poets, and observers of the human condition of all time. It was a breath of fresh air to re-read her poetry and discover so many emotions and situations aptly and artfully described.
Sean Leas
Feb 15, 2016 Sean Leas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This was the first time that I have re-read Emily Dickinson since I was in high school. And this time, does not disappoint, Dickinson is among my favorite 19th Century poets. The edition that I read was a recent book of the month from Easton Press. The format that this book was really well done and made reading Dickinson even more of a pleasure.
Catherine
Dec 06, 2015 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My eldest daughter is named Emily. Need I say more?
Evalyn
Emily's little poems are always so much more than they first seem. Often very thought-provoking.
Liz
Feb 08, 2015 Liz added it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
for another American lit assignment
Ayushi
Feb 14, 2016 Ayushi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh she is good, this Emily Dickinson.

Some of my absolute favorites:



'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy!
If I should fail, what poverty!
And yet, as poor as I,
Have ventured all upon a throw!
Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so—
This side the Victory!

Life is but Life! And Death, but Death!
Bliss is, but Bliss, and Breath but Breath!
And if indeed I fail,
At least, to know the worst, is sweet!
Defeat means nothing but Defeat,
No drearier, can befall!

And if I gain! Oh Gun at Sea!
Oh Bells, that in the Ste
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Bethany
Nov 18, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Emily Dickinson's writing, for I always get chills that run through me when I read her words, and others make me slow down appreciate life.

Some of my favorites (I apologize if the titles are incorrect, I'm just going by the first lines of the poems) are: 'A word is dead', 'It's such a little thing to weep', 'How the bells in steeples stand', 'A door just opened on a street', 'Nature rarer uses yellow', 'Frequently the woods are pink', 'Dear March come in!', and 'Water is taught by thirst
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Mirugirl
1DI felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading - treading - till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through -

And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum -
Kept beating - beating - till I thought
My Mind was going numb -

And then I heard them lift a Box
And creak across my Soul
With those same Boots of Lead, again,
Then Space - began to toll,

As all the Heavens were a Bell,
And Being, but an Ear,
And I, and Silence, some strange Race
Wrecked, solitary, here -

And then a Plank
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jojo the burlesque poetess
isn't this the cheesiest hardcover cover possible?! i always try to get the weirdest covers when i go to the library and they have multiple ed's. it seems like a rare opportunity when usually if you're buying you're STUCK with an ed, y'know? LOOK AT ME JUDGING BOOKS BY THEIR COVERS.

ok real talking: i'm partaking of my MFA classmate's Emily group seminar for fun and must stop finding bad web-versions of the poems already! and i want to try to write some 'definition' poems myself. my education in
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Alex
Jun 19, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily Dickinson's poetry is just something else. She has a writing style like no other that is simply beautiful and elegant. Every time I go back to her poetry, I always find something new and refreshing that may help me get through this journey of life. Her poems are strange and at times may not make sense, but that is the beauty of her writing. A poem does not always have to make sense, sometimes it could simply just make you feel or think. The thoughts in our heads are not always logical. Thi ...more
Pancho
Mar 18, 2008 Pancho rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Go ahead. Hate the way Emily Dickinson can put those descriptive pictures in your mind with a single phrase. She stuns me every time I read things like: "..And zero at the bone." Ever feel fear? Or...did you ever glimpse a bird that "..unrolled his feathers and rowed him softer home...Than oars divide the ocean, too silver for a seam.."? Corny, huh? Corny old poets. Hate them for me. I'm not able.

Elizabeth
Jul 06, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As with any collected works, there are always going to be hits and misses. My favourite sections were Life, and Time and Eternity. Nature was my least favourite and the others were decent but didn't stick out for me. I loved any of her poems that seemed to have a more philosophical theme, like immortality.
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Emily Dickinson was an American poet who, despite the fact that less than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime, is widely considered one of the most original and influential poets of the 19th century.

Dickinson was born to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Aca
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