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The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great Poems, but Editing Makes Baby Jesus Cry

Emily Dickinson is awesome---plain and simple---and I think everyone deserves a great big tome of her poems. However, I wouldn't recommend this one. While all collections you pick up may be edited, this one is the worst of the litter. In fact, most of the dashes Dickins...
Emily Dickinson is awesome---plain and simple---and I think everyone deserves a great big tome of her poems. However, I wouldn't recommend this one. While all collections you pick up may be edited, this one is the worst of the litter. In fact, most of the dashes Dickinson is known for using so religously don't exist in this one, replaced by commas and semicolons and such. I've kept the rating high in honor of Dickinson, but I'd get a different edition if I were you.

posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2005

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8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

not faithful to Dickinson's poetry

this edition does not preserve Dickinson's unique use of punctuation and dashes. Truly a failure on the part of the editor.

posted by kglnyc on March 3, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Underappreciated Poet

    I really am not a fan of poetry. I enjoyed this collection though. I find Dickinson's poems to be about as exciting as poetry has gotten for me. The fact that the structure of her writings is so unconventional makes them even more endearing. I found it hard to understand the meaning of many of the poems though. My attention span for poetry is short so take my review with a grain of salt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A Few Good Verses

    Other than a few quintessential verses that are frequently published in anthologies and textbooks, much of Emily Dickinson¿s poetry is vague and depressing. She appeared to be obsessed with thoughts of immortality and what we would now call searching. Written two centuries ago, (1831-1886) during her adult lifetime of fifty-five years, only seven of her poems were published. Her sister found her manuscripts after her death and published the poems, about two thousand, one volume at a time. By 1945, her poetry was accepted as good literature by intellects and sold well. Dickinson¿s writing has a resonating rhythm. Her view of deity was unorthodox and quite amusing. The following verses set the mood for all her works. LXXVI I had been hungry all the years: My noon had come, to dine I, trembling, drew the table near, And touched the curious wine. `T was this on tables I had seen, When turning, hungry, lone, I looked in windows, for the wealth I could not hope to own. I did not know the ample bread, `T was so unlike the crumb The birds and I had often shared In Nature¿s dining-room. The plenty hurt me, `t was so new,¿ Myself felt ill and odd, As berry of a mountain bush Transplanted to the road. Nor was I hungry so I found That hunger was a way Of persons outside windows, The entering takes away. Trish New, author of The Thrill of Hope, South State Street Journal, and Memory Flatlined.

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