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Only eleven of Emily Dickinson’s poems were published prior to her death in 1886; the startling originality of her work doomed it to obscurity in her lifetime. Early posthumously published collections-some of them featuring liberally “edited” versions of the poems-did not fully and accurately repres
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Published 1976 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 1890)
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Carol Actually, it contains ALL the poems.

I suppose distillation might mean that the editorial content is gone. And they fit it all into a single, if…more
Actually, it contains ALL the poems.

I suppose distillation might mean that the editorial content is gone. And they fit it all into a single, if rather fat, volume.

My edition does have index and cross reference lists; the poems themselves take up 720 pages.(less)
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Oct 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Because she is so freaking good--
As good--as she can be--
She makes me want--to scream--and shout--
And set my poor heart free--

Because I cannot live without--
Her rhythm--and her rhyme--
I keep this poet close at hand
And only ask--for time.
Paul Bryant
Dec 06, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I felt a sneeze - as big as God
Form in - back of - my Nose
Yet being - without - a Handkerchief
I Panicked quite - and froze
Sneeze I must - yet sneeze - must not
Dilemma - made - me grieve
Happy then - a single Bee
Saw me - use - my sleeve

Well all right, I did not read every one of the 25,678 but certainly a fair number. You know when she died they found she'd stuffed poems everywhere in her house, up the chimney, down her knickers, tied in little "packets" onto her dogs' hindquarters, someone cut a
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I hoped, I feared
Since I hoped, I dared!

I realized for a moment with a great sense of sadness that from now on, whenever I decide to read a famous poet for the first time, I must keep myself free from any prejudice and presumption. I had heard that she was regarded as a transcendentalist as far as the major themes in her poems were concerned. I do not know from where I got this notion, I probably learned it from some of the early articles, I read about her poems somewhere. How authentic wa
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I love Emily Dickinson's poetry. I recently went to a museum exhibit dedicated to her and fell in love again with one of her poems, which I'll dissect below:

Critics of Emily Dickinson’s poem number 328, commonly titled “A Bird Came Down the Walk,” have several different interpretations of the poem. Most critics believe that the poem is a “conventional symbolic account of Christian encounter within the world of nature…” (Budick 218). Although several critics take a religious appr
This is a huge volume of poetry and probably not meant to be read straight through, but that's what I did. Some of them I didn't like or understand, but there were many that I thought were beautiful and perfectly suited to my feelings. I think that's the way with most poets and their readers. After reading, I was left in wonder about this strange and reclusive woman who saw only a handful of her poems published before her death. She never knew she would be a success, never knew her poems would b ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Previous Collections
Subject Index
Index of First Lines
They shut me up in Prose —
As when a little Girl
They put me in the Closet —
Because they liked me “still” —

Still! Could themself have peeped —
And seen my Brain — go round —
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason — in the Pound —

Himself has but to will
And easy as a Star
Abolish his Captivity —
And laugh — No more have I —
I recently ran across an argument against eBooks that went along the lines of suspicions of censorship, commenting on how easy it would be for publishers and the like to c
Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: all women and poetry readers
Emily Dickinson's poems convinced me, at an early age of 9 or 10, to become a writer myself. I discovered her poems from the obsolete American textbooks my mother got from the collection in our school library. On Saturday and Sunday afternoons, when it was too hot to play outside and children were forced to take afternoon siestas, I'd end up reading her poems and imagined the person, that woman, with whom I shared similar thoughts. My favorite poem remains to this day:

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
“I taste a liquor never brewed” by Emily Dickinson
I taste a liquor never brewed –
From Tankards scooped in Pearl –
Not all the Vats upon the Rhine
Yield such an Alcohol!

Inebriate of air – am I –
And Debauchee of Dew –
Reeling – thro' endless summer days –
From inns of molten Blue –

When "Landlords" turn the drunken Bee
Out of the Foxglove's door –
When Butterflies – renounce their "drams" –
I shall but drink the more!

Till Seraphs swing their snowy Hats –
And Saints – to windows run –
To see the little Tippl
JV ❄️☃️❄️
Sigh... I just experienced poetic gut punches from Emily herself. From this collection alone, there's a total of 1,775 poems. Blimey! A huge compilation if you ask me! Honestly, I didn't read every poem, because that would probably result in me having a mushy brain (poor noodle!). I just skimmed through a lot of them and just selected those that are meaningful to me. Her poems are oftentimes cryptic in nature (which made me scratch my head), but there are those that connect quite well with me. M ...more
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Emily Dickinson articulates my own thoughts and feelings in a way I never could. She manifests my ideal. She validates my existence. If you like Emily, I like you.

I hide myself within my flower,
That wearing on your breast,
You, unsuspecting, wear me too—
And angels know the rest.

I hide myself within my flower,
That, fading from your vase,
You, unsuspecting, feel for me
Almost a loneliness.
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
the complete poem by Emily Dickinson
with the help of the prowling Bee, by Susan Kornfeld I was able to go behind the scenes in Emily Dickinson works

after 3 months of reading plan i would say Emily Dickinson is pure and one-of-a-kind no doubt
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars

After reading through most of these poems, Emily remains one of my top favorite poets. However, I also came across many poems that I felt no connection with and frankly made no sense to me. So with that in mind, I unfortunately couldn't give this 5 stars. Still a great experience though!

I highly recommend this book if you're a fan of poetry and/or Emily Dickinson.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I love Dickinson. More specifically, I love the sense of balance I feel when reading any of her poems. Her poetry has light within its overwhelming darkness; it is straightforward yet subtle. Its originality is sometimes even startling. I have learned so much in reading her work but the most powerful of lessons I take from Dickinson is to "Tell all the truth but tell it slant... The Truth must dazzle gradually/ Or every man be blind."
Jun 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american-lit
See the Dickinson documentary A Loaded Gun for my take on this writer, arguably the best poet in
English. (I play the villain in that film directed by James Wolpaw.) I have given reading-whistlings of ED's bird poems*, from memory of course, in the garden of the Dickinson Manse in Amherst, and I have recited an hour of Dickinson on several occasions (from memory). In fact, Dickinson is fairly easy to memorize--a hallmark of fine verse. Perhaps only Yeats' tetrametric "Under Ben Bulben" is easier
J.M. Hushour
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Running upwards of 1,700 poems, there's no conceivable way I could read them all. I settled for maybe half. That's not to say I'm not tempted to read them all, but Dickinson is one of those fine poets who begin to run a little stale after the first 200 or so poems. Best to step off and return to it later.
Don't get me wrong, her innovative poetics is almost ghastly in its profundity, so much so that people use words like 'profundity' or say that she, who had no powers of prescience that her biogr
Jennie Rogers
I will be returning to Dickinson's poetry frequently, "my perennial nest"
The pages hold beauty, truth and a sly kind of humor...
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This book boasts a fabulous collection of work's by Emily Dickinson. Admittedly, I didn't enjoy all of them, hence the four stars given, but the majority of the poem's were beautifully written, as well as being rather thought provoking.

"He fumbles at your spirit
As players at the keys
Before they drop full music on;
He stuns you by degrees,
Prepares your brittle substance
For the ethereal blow,
By fainter hammers, further heard,
Then nearer, then so slow
Your breath has time to straighten.
May 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Poetry lovers
I would highly, highly recommend strolling through Dickinson's collected verse. She's a (surprisingly) highly underrated poet. Going deep into her entire collection will unearth unknown gems as well as old favorites. This edition, organized chronologically, allows the opportunity to study her growth as a poet and explore her obsessions over time. It also provides the date of first publication (if there was one). A must-have for any poetry enthusiast, highly recommended for those who have a modes ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant and one-of-a-kind poet!
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily, ogni tua poesia è un sogno!
La tua mente è così superiore che non posso permettermi di scrivere nulla su di te.
Le tue poesie sono magiche, le ho adorate tutte!
Margaret Langstaff
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson Thomas H. Johnson, ed.--The Definitive Text, Accept No Substitute

(c) Copyright 2012 Margaret Langstaff. All rights reserved. [from the forthcoming Reading Emily Dickinson by Margaret Langstaff]

So often misunderstood and ill-served by her editors and publishers, Emily Dickinson is a rara avis among major American poets. She shunned the spotlight, kept to herself and her family in her home in Amherst, MA, refusing to cater to popular tastes. She never publishe
Sep 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What can I say? Emily Dickinson's poetry is the most stunning, haunting poetry I've ever read. I'd read just a few of her poems before decidin to tackle her complete works. It's an incredible experience to read poem after poem that almost makes you feel like she understood the emotions of mortality better than anyone alive. And how she could convey that with words ... wow.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Update: I am at last finished (after a year of not really steady reading). Now I just have to start memorizing. . .
The result of reading the full Emily is only greater curiosity. Now I want to see the poems as she arranged them, in their packets. The chron. arrangement pokes at a biographical revelation that ultimately seems beside the point. . . I'd rather just take her inner world as its own end. On the other hand, I've also started an edition of her letters. --She is fascinating. I'm wonderi
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There is so much to say about this book. I decided to read the works of Emily Dickinson after I saw her name everywhere for a couple of week. I saw quotes from her in a book, a book about her, her name mentioned in another, and so on. So I found this book and decided to read her works in English, because let’s be honest, translated novel can be alright but translate poetry... less sure. I read it in English even if this is not my first language and I knew that some part of the beauty of the poet ...more
Bill Dauster
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This splendid book collects Miss Dickinson’s fruitful progeny. Before her time, she mastered the short form and slant rhyme that epitomize the modern poem. Yes, she spends far too much time lamenting death and contemplating bees, but her mostly private thoughts leave a mark on the American soul.

"Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle grad
Sep 11, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"MUCH madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
'T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur, - you're straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain."

A perfect collection for a perfect poet. Poems small in length but gigantic in impact. For a classic example look above. Some argue it is about John Brown, written shortly after his execution, an interpretation I adore. Fantastic.
Aug 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Disappointing overall. She certainly had a particular voice and style, and I can see why it would appeal to some. I found her poems to be very repetitive and didn’t find much that stood out to me. There was one exception:

Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —
May 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.
Nils Samuels
May 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
At her best, ED combines a tight form with words that should trouble us, about the limits of knowing and about the terror of death, which are sometimes one and the same. Along with Whitman, the first great (because the first realistic) American poet.
Jan 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
i've been reading these for years. there have always been a few that took me by surprise, but lately i find this whole collection to be a really astonishing experiment in language - it's taken me years to see how modern she is (for you dickinson fans, i'm sure you're saying, well, DUH!). i say this because her work really is a kind of minimalism. she seems to to have more patience than most poets. she waits until the perfect formation of sounds and meanings emerge in just the right crystalline f ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will always love Dickinson's poems - one after another they reveal us the beauty of an inward world scattered sometimes with thought provocative images and other times with sweet and warm feelings, and imbedded all times into a profound sensitivity which marked poet's gracious living.


I'm Nobody! Who are you?

"I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you – Nobody – too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Don't tell! they'd advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –
To tell one's
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
Overall I as a little disappointed with this collection of poems. It's not that she isn't a good writer, but I think I would have preferred a selection of her poems to a complete collection. I remember I liked her in high school too, so I was kind of bummed out reading (or maybe rereading) this collection. Let's just say you read one poem, you read them all with Dickinson.

I do think she is very important for women's writing in America and I do find her life more interesting. Maybe I'd like a bio
Chiara Pagliochini
Quando penso a Emily, raramente penso a uno scrittore, a un poeta, a un artista. Il più delle volte mi affido a lei come se fosse una persona, una persona cara, una bambina da consolare.
Nella mia testa Emily è una bambina che ha bisogno di un abbraccio e che allo stesso tempo sa abbracciare me nei momenti del bisogno.
Quando sto male, quando sento che nessuno può capirmi, Emily è qui con me: lei sa come mi sento, lei può unire il suo dolore al mio. A condividerle le ferite si fanno meno sentire.
Matthew Wilder
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Two fathers stand astride every word in this telephone-book-sized collection. One is Emily’s literal father; and under his watchful eye one feels every shard of feeling and every metaphysical observation being crafted into phrases, fortune cookie fortunes, ditties fit for repetition in a kindergarten or speakable from a pulpit. The pressure to be sociable, to be a friend, to be simple and plain, is everywhere. The other looming father is, of course, her Heavenly Father, whose power comes to seem ...more
Ana Luisa
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Emily Dickinson crea poemas de su propio mundo.

No puedo decir que todos amé todos sus poemas, porque Dickinson los forma con elementos de nuestro mundo y los transforma para que se adapten al mundo en el que ella vive. Es algo que no puede ser descrito. Disfruta cada uno de ellos.

A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.

I say it just
Begins to live
That day.
Emily is my favorite 19th century American poet. When I first discovered her I connected not only with her words (which I didn't always get) but also the intelligent, cloistered woman whose mind could not be contained within the simple life she much like myself.
Jennifer Wixson
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emily Dickinson left a large cache of poetry -- 900 poems hand-sewn together in 60 small packets -- which her sister Lavinia discovered after Emily's death. The poems were untitled and mostly undated. Lavinia realized she had unearthed a literary treasure trove, and sought help in getting the poems published.

Early editors of Dickinson's work (notably her brother's mistress, Mabel Loomis Tood) trying to be helpful, edited some of Dickinson's idiosyncratic poetry to make it more acceptable to the
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Emily Dickinson’s poetry is sheer beauty. My initial exposure to poetry was actually through one of her poems many years ago. She always seems so vulnerable in her poetry. It inspired me to (secretly) start writing poems of my own.

Her poetry is tragic yet hopeful; there’s a sense that she had a somewhat pessimistic view about life but damn did she know how to emote her sadness upon those blank pages. And I could go on and on about her genius rhythm! She uses the imagery of seasons and nature to
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm tempted to only quote Dickinson in a review of this luminary of solitude, this pristine custodian of her own periodic deaths, and this mystically crowned priestess of Nature's God. When my inspiration flags, a Dickinson poem restores zest and also humility. If I had to pick a favorite poet, Emily Dickinson is it. My homage to her:

Emily Takes the Stage

The Day that I was crowned
Was like the other Days --
Until the Coronation came --
And then -- 'twas Otherwise --

Like the Beach Blanket Babylon
Chris Hunt
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I had a guinea golden;
I lost it in the sand,
And though the sum was simple,
And pounds were in the land,
Still had it such a value
Unto my frugal eye,
That when I could not find it
I sat me down to sigh.

I had a crimson robin
Who sang full many a day,
But when the woods were painted
He, too, did fly away.
Time brought me other robins,--
Their ballads were the same,--
Still for my missing troubadour
I kept the "house at hame."

I had a star in heaven;
One Pleiad was its name,
And when I was not
Oct 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There are other editions of Dickinson's poems, but it is hard to trust their hyphenation at the least. In other cases, the poems have been more severely edited, and in my experience, that is almost always a watering down of theme and an inability to appreciate Dickinson's artistry.

This is the only edition I recommend for the time being, and I am very grateful for it; it has been a privilege to write on poems such as "I dwell in possibility" and "There's a certain slant of light." Dickinson's tho
Alex Kartelias
She isn't my favorite poet, but there are a couple I really like. When I first read her poetry in 9th grade, I admired her usage of dashes even though I had no way of explaining why I enjoyed them. They're one of the most distinctive aspects of her poetry and the greatest innovation she brought into writing. I also loved her daring usage of slant rhymes which angered my fellow students, but impassioned me because due to my rebellious nature. To this today, I fail to comprehend the enigmas which ...more
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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
“Not knowing when the dawn will come
I open every door.”
“I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there ’s a pair of us—don’t tell!
They ’d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!”
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