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A complete edition with reference to the three-volume variorium edition
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2015
A "complete edition" of the poems, citing but not including the many variants. The result is a "standard" text for use. The three-volume variorum edition provides alternative readings for those so inclined to scholarship and "arguing" with the editor's choices. The more casual reader should be happy with this version, which replicates Dickinson's preferences for spellings, punctuation, and above all spacing between words or ideas. (Get used to "opon," used repeatedly and heard as her phonetic reading of "upon," perhaps an overinterpretation.)Seeing the poems in some sort of chronological order allows for some stylistic study, although Dickinson did not usually save her "pre-final" drafts (or wrote later poems on a host of paper types). To be read in smaller doses; the better poems and increasing maturity stand out more effectively this way.