The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

THE ONLY ONE-VOLUME EDITION CONTAINING ALL 1,775 OF EMILY DICKINSON’S POEMSOnly 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 represent Dickinson’s bold experiments in prosody, her tragic vision, a...

Details The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

TitleThe Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Release DateJan 30th, 1976
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
GenrePoetry, Classics, Fiction

Reviews The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

  • Timothy
    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 handAnd only ask--for time.
  • Paul Bryant
    I felt a sneeze - as big as GodForm in - back of - my NoseYet being - without - a HandkerchiefI Panicked quite - and frozeSneeze I must - yet sneeze - must notDilemma - made - me grieveHappy then - a single BeeSaw me - use - my sleeveWell 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 I...
  • Praveen
    When I hoped, I fearedSince 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, ...
  • James
    Book Review 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…” ...
  • Duane
    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 sh...
  • Edward
    Introduction--PoemsAcknowledgmentsPrevious CollectionsSubject IndexIndex of First Lines
  • Janice
    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 po...
  • Aubrey
    They shut me up in Prose —As when a little GirlThey 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 BirdFor Treason — in the Pound —Himself has but to willAnd easy as a StarAbolish his Captivity —And laugh — No more have I — I recently ran across an argument against eBooks that went along the lines of suspicions of ce ...
  • JV (semi-hiatus)
    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 ...
  • Dolors
    “I taste a liquor never brewed” by Emily DickinsonI taste a liquor never brewed –From Tankards scooped in Pearl –Not all the Vats upon the RhineYield 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 BeeOut of the Foxglove's door –When Butterflies – renounce their "drams" –I shall but drink the more!“I taste a ...
  • Sarah
    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.
  • Alan
    See the Dickinson documentary A Loaded Gun for my take on this writer, arguably the best poet inEnglish. (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 onl...
  • Zazo
    the complete poem by Emily Dickinsonwith the help of the prowling Bee, by Susan Kornfeld I was able to go behind the scenes in Emily Dickinson worksafter 3 months of reading plan i would say Emily Dickinson is pure and one-of-a-kind no doubt
  • Eliza
    4 starsAfter 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.
  • Dan
    Twas such a little, little boatThat toddled down the bay!‘T was such a gallant, gallant seaThat beckoned it away!‘T was such a greedy, greedy waveThat licked it from the coast;Nor ever guessed the stately sailsMy little craft was lost!Or this one, The morns are meeker than they were,The nuts are getting brown;“The berry’s cheek is plumper,The rose is out of town.The maple wears a gayer scarf, Twas such a little, little boatThat toddled ...
  • Diana
    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."
  • J.M. Hushour
    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 s...
  • Jennie Rogers
    I will be returning to Dickinson's poetry frequently, "my perennial nest"
  • Ana
    The pages hold beauty, truth and a sly kind of humor...
  • Jojo
    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, the...
  • Kristopher
    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 enthusi...
  • Theresa
    A brilliant and one-of-a-kind poet!
  • Angigames
    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!CONSIGLIATO.
  • 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, refus...
  • Annie
    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.
  • Haley
  • Etienne
    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...
  • Bill Dauster
    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 liesToo bright for our infirm DelightThe Truth's superb surpriseAs Lightning to the Childre...
  • Ashley
    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 liesToo bright for our infirm DelightThe Truth's superb surpriseAs Lightning to the Children easedWith explanation kindThe Truth must dazzle graduallyOr every man be bl...
  • Selby
    "MUCH madness is divinest senseTo a discerning eye;Much sense the starkest madness.'T is the majorityIn 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.
  • Elizabeth
    "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 BirdThat 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
    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.
  • Phillip
    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 a...
  • Anima
    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.LifeI'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 d I will ...
  • M. Nasiri
    امیلی دیکنسون شاعری بود که مثل حافظ از نام و شهرت بیزاری می جست حافظ : از ننگ چه گويي که مرا نام ز ننگ است/ وز نام چه پرسي که مرا ننگ ز نام است این شاعر آمریکایی به «شاعر معتکف» مشهور است. دکتر الهی قمشهای نیز وی را «دختر مولانا» مینامد چرا که او بسیار ب...
  • Morgan
    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 fi...
  • 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 a...
  • Matthew Wilder
    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 co...
  • Ana Luisa
    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 deadWhen it is said,Some say.I say it justBegins to liveThat day.
  • Mindy
    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.
  • Tanima
    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...
  • Jennifer Wixson
    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 idios...
  • Rachel
    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 crownedWas like the other Days --Until the Coronation came --And then -- ...
  • Chris Hunt
    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 kep I had a guinea golden; I lost it in th...