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Sensitive and extraordinary, thoughtful yet emotional, Emily Dickinson's unique poems are a treasure not to be missed. Defying the conventions of the time, they were truly innovative. Featuring meditations on everyday life, love, nature, and society, the genius of her creativity is hard to ignore. Short, yet keenly observed, her poems pack a powerful punch. This carefully c Sensitive and extraordinary, thoughtful yet emotional, Emily Dickinson's unique poems are a treasure not to be missed. Defying the conventions of the time, they were truly innovative. Featuring meditations on everyday life, love, nature, and society, the genius of her creativity is hard to ignore. Short, yet keenly observed, her poems pack a powerful punch. This carefully chosen selection covers a range of her most loved verses and brings you face to face with the private world of one of America's greatest poets.


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Sensitive and extraordinary, thoughtful yet emotional, Emily Dickinson's unique poems are a treasure not to be missed. Defying the conventions of the time, they were truly innovative. Featuring meditations on everyday life, love, nature, and society, the genius of her creativity is hard to ignore. Short, yet keenly observed, her poems pack a powerful punch. This carefully c Sensitive and extraordinary, thoughtful yet emotional, Emily Dickinson's unique poems are a treasure not to be missed. Defying the conventions of the time, they were truly innovative. Featuring meditations on everyday life, love, nature, and society, the genius of her creativity is hard to ignore. Short, yet keenly observed, her poems pack a powerful punch. This carefully chosen selection covers a range of her most loved verses and brings you face to face with the private world of one of America's greatest poets.

30 review for The Poetry of Emily Dickinson

  1. 5 out of 5

    Camilla (Fabulouslybooks)

    Not it for me

  2. 4 out of 5

    julia

    2.5 Stars. I hear such great things about Emily Dickinson, but I haven’t been able to relate to her poems as many people seem to. I find her frequent use of the themes of God and nature a little tiring and repetitive; I was also always waiting for the feelings that I thought (or hoped) her poetry would evoke in me. The collection wasn’t a bad read, just nothing ground-breaking and earth-shattering either.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    I haven't really read any poetry before this, but I like how she uses the hyphens to help with the pacing. Maybe that's a normal thing with poetry, but I thought it helpful. I loved this one! "Long years apart - can make no breach a second cannot heal - The absence of the witch does not invalidate the spell - The embers of a thousand years Uncovered by the hand That fondled them when they were fire Will stir and understand - I haven't really read any poetry before this, but I like how she uses the hyphens to help with the pacing. Maybe that's a normal thing with poetry, but I thought it helpful. I loved this one! "Long years apart - can make no breach a second cannot heal - The absence of the witch does not invalidate the spell - The embers of a thousand years Uncovered by the hand That fondled them when they were fire Will stir and understand -

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maryclymene

    Not the best collection. But as a bargain bin grab on the road, it worked just fine.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Thank you, Miss Dickinson, For your several Balms-- Words like water, Vitamins Now Lodged within my Heart. And though your Book has finished, The Words will never leave-- And though you are so long gone, You still Live and Love and Grieve. I wrote a poem in her style because I have been trying to emulate it lately, just for fun. I did really enjoy several of her poems, although I did get a bit bogged down by some of them. I much prefer her rhyming poems to her non-rhyming poems and her short poems t Thank you, Miss Dickinson, For your several Balms-- Words like water, Vitamins Now Lodged within my Heart. And though your Book has finished, The Words will never leave-- And though you are so long gone, You still Live and Love and Grieve. I wrote a poem in her style because I have been trying to emulate it lately, just for fun. I did really enjoy several of her poems, although I did get a bit bogged down by some of them. I much prefer her rhyming poems to her non-rhyming poems and her short poems to her long poems. My favorite is still "tell all the truth but tell it slant" BUT I also greatly enjoyed reading "Not knowing when they dawn may come" (big desperate quarantine energy) and "One need not be a Chamber to be Haunted". I think I'll continue to reflect upon these poems for a while, and revisit them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kier Scrivener

    Emily Dickinson can write poetry wonderfully - though I could do without her thing for hyphens. I did not find it as easy to connect to her work overall but the ones that focused on death and loneliness I found very potent. She also had some really beautiful individual lines which I found I liked much better to most of her complete poems.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marinela Florea

    FROM THE CHRYSALIS. My cocoon tightens, colors tease, I’m feeling for the air; A dim capacity for wings Degrades the dress I wear. A power of butterfly must be The aptitude to fly, Meadows of majesty concedes And easy sweeps of sky. So I must baffle at the hint And cipher at the sign, And make much blunder, if at last I take the clew divine. A DAY. I’ll tell you how the sun rose, — A ribbon at a time. The steeples swam in amethyst, The news like squirrels ran. The hills untied their bonnets, The b FROM THE CHRYSALIS. My cocoon tightens, colors tease, I’m feeling for the air; A dim capacity for wings Degrades the dress I wear. A power of butterfly must be The aptitude to fly, Meadows of majesty concedes And easy sweeps of sky. So I must baffle at the hint And cipher at the sign, And make much blunder, if at last I take the clew divine. A DAY. I’ll tell you how the sun rose, — A ribbon at a time. The steeples swam in amethyst, The news like squirrels ran. The hills untied their bonnets, The bobolinks begun. Then I said softly to myself, “That must have been the sun!” * * * But how he set, I know not. There seemed a purple stile Which little yellow boys and girls Were climbing all the while Till when they reached the other side, A dominie in gray Put gently up the evening bars, And led the flock away. VI. If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain; If I can ease one life the aching, Or cool one pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain. WITH A FLOWER. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anoja

    WOW. This was the first poetry book that I have read that really resonated with me! There were so many really great poems in here that I will definitely be reading over and over in the years to come. I need to pick up more poetry like this!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Linda Stuckey

    REREADING THE POEMS TO UNDERSTAND THEM MORE. I READ IT FAST THE FIRST TIME. I AM LIKING THE POEMS BETTER ON THE SECOND READING.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Mancilla

    Pura belleza

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tyler Jenkins

    After watching Apple TV+’s original show Dickinson, I got very into the poetry of Emily Dickinson so I decided to pick up a collection of her poetry I had laying around. So for the last two nights before bed I would crack open my copy of The Poetry of Emily Dickinson and blew through it. Dickinson has such a unique way of writing about a diverse array of topics. From her family to her suitors, nature to life and death. Dickinson beautiful explores the English language to craft masterpiece after After watching Apple TV+’s original show Dickinson, I got very into the poetry of Emily Dickinson so I decided to pick up a collection of her poetry I had laying around. So for the last two nights before bed I would crack open my copy of The Poetry of Emily Dickinson and blew through it. Dickinson has such a unique way of writing about a diverse array of topics. From her family to her suitors, nature to life and death. Dickinson beautiful explores the English language to craft masterpiece after masterpiece. It’s no wonder a lot of people consider her one of, if not the, best American poet. Her poems are mostly short and easy to go through and very easy to understand. I don’t really have a lot to say I just wanted to put this here to let you all know that if you haven’t already, you should read some Emily Dickinson. Clearing your mind and letting her words take over is very relaxing. I don’t want to rate some good old classic American poetry but if I have to it’s obviously a 10/10 (5/5 Stars). -Tyler.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    I don't read poetry too often. It's something I enjoy once in a while, though. I remember learning about Emily Dickinson in high school, and I was surprised to find I recognized some of the poems in this collection! I guess I was paying attention more than I thought... Dickinson was certainly talented. And she had some interesting things to say too (some poems more than others). I marked the pages with my favorites so I can return to them later. I will say it was interesting reading the introduct I don't read poetry too often. It's something I enjoy once in a while, though. I remember learning about Emily Dickinson in high school, and I was surprised to find I recognized some of the poems in this collection! I guess I was paying attention more than I thought... Dickinson was certainly talented. And she had some interesting things to say too (some poems more than others). I marked the pages with my favorites so I can return to them later. I will say it was interesting reading the introduction and then the poems she wrote. Apparently she attended a girls' seminary, but then rejected Christianity. I don't think she ever came back to the faith she was taught. I noticed a pattern in her work of referencing biblical themes and events quite a bit, sometimes seeming to come from a place of faith. However, other poems clearly show her rejection of religion and her celebration of science as its replacement. Just a couple observations. Also, I really like the cover of this edition.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bianca Dishmon

    I enjoyed this poetry book greatly. The way a person is can often be reflected through their writing, and in this nature, you get the idea that Dickinson was a wildly curious person who often saw and picking up on things that an average person would not. I think her poems are deeply reflective especially with hard-hitting topics but still light-hearted and not depressing as poetry on serious topics can often be.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Emily Dickinson was one of the first poets I read. I was introduced to her work in my middle-high school English/literature class. Her work spoke to me then and I fell in love with her writing. Now reading a collection, I realize my love for her writing has deepened. Her writing is stunning. While some could consider her work morbid (when she speaks of death), her work is still very stunning and hopeful.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katie Beth Boggan

    Emily Dickinson’s poetry is some of my very favorite, but I wasn’t crazy about the setup of this book by the publishers. There was also a misuse of “it’s” and I think that’s enough said. Also, where was “I heard a fly buzz when I died”?? My favorite Dickinson poem and it was left out of the collection. Sad day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Katie Kennedy

    I wasn’t sure how to rate a collection of poetry, so I left it blank. I DID really enjoy most of it, though. A few poems were kinda too similar, but Emily’s obsession with death was actually hauntingly eloquent, especially when she usually uses nature and everyday occurrences to describe it. She’s a cool cat, and I’d definitely want to read more of her stuff.

  17. 5 out of 5

    laine

    The poems themselves were the same classic poems Dickinson wrote. My issues are mainly with the layout of the book itself. The cover is soft and beautiful. But the pages are spreadsheets of stock photos that don't match the poems. The poems themselves were the same classic poems Dickinson wrote. My issues are mainly with the layout of the book itself. The cover is soft and beautiful. But the pages are spreadsheets of stock photos that don't match the poems.

  18. 4 out of 5

    peyton moench

    the poetry itself was great, but the production bothered me. i wasn’t a fan of the random stock images on each page that didn’t really go with the poems. also, someone tell miss emily she doesn’t need that many hyphens. jesus.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    While I am not, generally, an enthusiastic devotee of Dickinson, it was really lovely to take a couple weeks to read through this collection of her poetry. She wrestles with death, with faith, with grief, and so many other things common to the human experience.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Josefine

    Actual rating: 1.5 stars Too many - dashes - for my - taste I liked some of them. But they can be counted on my ten fingers. Most of them were too abstract and too, idk, too grand. And the freaking dashes oh my god. Guess Dickinson’s just not for me.

  21. 5 out of 5

    HannahMN

    This was a lovely collection of Dickinson's poetry! She explores topics of Nature, the Soul, Death, Solitude and so much more. It's very easy to pick up and enjoy as well as contemplate one's own sense of being. This was a lovely collection of Dickinson's poetry! She explores topics of Nature, the Soul, Death, Solitude and so much more. It's very easy to pick up and enjoy as well as contemplate one's own sense of being.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sheri-lee

    There is something unfinished about these ... unpolished? There are some that I enjoy but they really just feel like someone's tinkering with thoughts but not with real direction or care. ?? I don't know, most of her poem leave me feeling unsatisfied. Meh. That's about it. There is something unfinished about these ... unpolished? There are some that I enjoy but they really just feel like someone's tinkering with thoughts but not with real direction or care. ?? I don't know, most of her poem leave me feeling unsatisfied. Meh. That's about it.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Margie Dickinson

    Enjoyed getting more familiar with Emily Dickinson, especially the sly, winking way she gets across a message.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I had trouble connecting with her writing and poetry, which made it pretty difficult to get through the collection. Also girlie really liked her em dashes huh

  25. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Wilkes

    The way she makes words sound and flow and feel make for great isolated reading.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Madi

    Emily Dickinson was a revolutionary poet. She wasn't straight forward and wasn't conventional. This book will stay on my shelf and continue to help me emotionally through hard times. Emily Dickinson was a revolutionary poet. She wasn't straight forward and wasn't conventional. This book will stay on my shelf and continue to help me emotionally through hard times.

  27. 5 out of 5

    rac

    didn’t really like lol, soz emmy dizzle. the use of hyphens made me want to rip my hair out looolllllll

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Always a lovely read. Dickinson’s poetry glides down your throat like honey, fills your lungs with fresh air, and grabs your soft heart like rotten fruit.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Miriam James

    I really enjoyed the way this collection was done - sometimes poetry books split up the poems too much into different themes, or comment on them, but I really liked the way Emily Dickinson's poems were just there for me to read. I liked a lot of them, found some special favourites, and some of them didn't work for me, which was what I expected from a poetry collection. I really like her use of dashes in her poems to help with pacing, and I loved the ordering of words. Loved the use of nature. I really enjoyed the way this collection was done - sometimes poetry books split up the poems too much into different themes, or comment on them, but I really liked the way Emily Dickinson's poems were just there for me to read. I liked a lot of them, found some special favourites, and some of them didn't work for me, which was what I expected from a poetry collection. I really like her use of dashes in her poems to help with pacing, and I loved the ordering of words. Loved the use of nature. Beautiful collection, some I'll definitely come back to again and again.

  30. 5 out of 5

    NavaReadsBooks

    Basically pretentious poetry. Some were interesting but generally it was nothing special.

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