The Complete Poems
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The Complete Poems



Only 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, and the range of her intellectual and emotional explorations. Not until the 1955 publication of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, a three-volume critical edition compiled by Thomas H. Johnson, were readers able for the first time to assess, understand, and appreciate the whole of Dickinson’s extraordinary poetic genius.

This book, a distillation of the three-volume Complete Poems, brings together the original texts of all 1,775 poems that Emily Dickinson wrote.

Title:The Complete Poems
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:716 pages

    The Complete Poems Reviews

  • Timothy
    Oct 17, 2007

    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...

  • Paul Bryant
    Dec 06, 2007

    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 ...

  • Praveen
    Jun 19, 2017

    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 fre...

  • James
    Sep 05, 2016

    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...

  • Duane
    Feb 24, 2014

    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 a...

  • Edward
    Sep 08, 2013

    Introduction--PoemsAcknowledgmentsPrevious CollectionsSubject IndexIndex of First Lines...

  • Pantelis
    Apr 18, 2017

    A rose for Emily... With gratitude and affection... She left us her poems, it was her way to share her loneliness with us......

  • Aubrey
    Aug 07, 2010

    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...

  • Janice
    Sep 27, 2007

    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...

  • Zazo
    Nov 20, 2015

    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 Dic...

About Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

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