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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.
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Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --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
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- Print length : 347 pages
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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.
By Poetry Curator on September 10, 2020