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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 October 12th 2003 by Barnes Noble Classics (first published 1924)
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Roy Lotz
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)

Here is the real Emily Dickinson -- the only comprehensive and reliably authoritative trade editions of the poet's work.

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.

تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز هجدهم ماه فوریه سال 2012 میلادی

عنوان: به خاموشی نقطه ها .
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Michael
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, poetry, favorites
Abstract and intellectual, Emily Dickinson's work echoes the concerns of seventeenth-century metaphysical poetry: her short poems address religion and morality, love and death, hope and despair, through inventive metaphors and perplexing paradoxes. In contrast to her literary antecedents, though, Dickinson's language reads as a great deal more precise and less self-indulgent. So, too, do her poems tend to resist visualization altogether, whereas the metaphysical poets' work simply features stran ...more
Steven Godin
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, america
Aside from the few poems here and there, this is the first time I've read a proper collection of Dickinson poems, and it's easy to see why she is just so popular. Her poetry really does take you away from the hustle and bustle of life, and I was left in a complete state of tranquil bliss as I worked my through the wonderful poems on offer. It was like sitting in a meadow not an apartment. This volume is spilt into four parts - Life, Love, Nature, and Time & Eternity, and it's so difficult to pic ...more
Ronak Gajjar
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 2018, classics
The major characteristics of the poems:
Theme and Tone
Form and Style
Meter and Rhyme
Punctuation and Syntax
Diction
It has literally taken days for me to go through deepening verses thoroughly to acquire the slightest portion of them straight to the heart.
A moment of contact when the thriving elixir hits your system lofting you into an era where you are beyond the field of right or wrong, consciousness or sub-consciousness, light or shadow!
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You feel the phrases shaping
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Maica
May 18, 2015 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 rated it really liked it
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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Piyangie
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This collection consists of a considerable amount of poems written by Emily Dickinson. She is a posthumously celebrated poet, whose poems were unknown to the world. Even her family knew nothing about them till her death.

According to the biographical information, Emily Dickinson had lived a solitary life. Her poetry is a reflection of a secluded thinker. Many of the poems in the collection are prone to different interpretation, according to the intellect of the reader. That shows how clever her
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Kathleen
Emily Dickinson was a recluse, and described as “well-behaved,” so it isn’t surprising that she hides things, that we find unsaid paragraphs behind her dashes, philosophies beneath her capital letters. It’s as if she wrote poetry as a kind of shorthand to herself.

The range is baffling—from silly to surreal to stunning. I read along, sometimes five or ten poems that did nothing for me (particularly the nature poems), and then bam! I was hit with something so unusual it stopped my breath. For exam
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WhatIReallyRead


This was my first time reading Emily Dickinson. I've heard a lot about her, of course, and found that, like many others, I loved her poetry.

Her writing and style are unusual and spellbinding, the atmosphere - serene, ethereal, full of musing and silence, the themes - nature, death, spirituality. Most of the poems I read out loud multiple times before moving on to the next one, and most I wanted to bookmark.

I'm currently reading Emily Dickinson: Letters, and plan to read another collection of D
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Speranza
Jun 11, 2016 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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Nadine Jones
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I spent much of my high school and college years reading poetry, sometimes the classics, and sometimes just a random book I picked up at the library. At some point I decided that Emily Dickinson was one of my favorites. I mean, I felt a funeral in my brain and Because I could not stop for death and I’m Nobody! Who are you? are unrivaled, right? (Especially for a moody teen!!) I still think those poems are unrivaled. But now that I’m all old and crotchety, I’ve discovered that many of Dickinson’ ...more
Heider Broisler
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Poems like Emily Dickinson's makes you question about life and what it means to love. This edition of collected poems gathers simply the most deeply-sentimental poems of love. I loved how the natural symbolism and the strong meanings behind the words worked.
MonumentToDecency
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While I was fearing it, it came,
But it came with less of fear,
Because that fearing it so long
Had made it almost dear.
There is a fitting a dismay,
A fitting a despair.
'T is harder knowing it is due,
Than knowing it is here.
The trying on the utmost,
The morning it is new,
Is terribler than wearing it
A whole existence through.


I've not read much poetry by US writers, actually Benjamin Franklin is about all I've ever really indulged in and that came about out of necessity at university, though I indeed e
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Trish
Jun 29, 2016 rated it liked it
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.
Anima
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
" It's all I have to bring to-day,
This, and my heart beside,
This, and my heart, and all the fields,
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count,
should I forget,-
Some one the sum could tell,-
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell."

A word

"A word is dead
When it is said,
Some say.
I say it just
Begins to live
That day.'

The Inevitable
'While I was fearing it, it came,
But came with less of fear,
Because that fearing it so long
Had almost made it dear.
There is a fitting a dismay,
A fittin
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Rachel
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 be
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Jane Reye
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
My splendors are menagerie;
But their competeless show
Will entertain the centuries
When I am, long ago,
An island in dishonored grass,
Whom none but daisies know.
Wardah Beg
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Healing..
Anna (Ink of Books)
Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE IT
Ştefan Bolea
Jul 24, 2011 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
Courtnie
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
...more
Marwa Shafique
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.


I have been fascinated with poetry for as long as I remember; I have always had this urge to be one of those individuals who could discuss verses and stanzas that are bustling with complexity and meanings that only someone with a profound knowledge of life would be able to discover. I never thought I had the inte
...more
Laura Anne
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.
Catherine
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My eldest daughter is named Emily. Need I say more?
W
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Dickinson tugs at the heartstrings,absolutely captivating.
Matt
Apr 16, 2017 rated it liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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,
...more
Leslie
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I am marking this as finished but really I had to return it to the library before I was done. I read more than half and have read many of these poems before in other collections & anthologies so I feel comfortable with my rating. ...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
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