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The Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson (Anglais) Poche – 28 septembre 2004

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Today Emily Dickinson is recognized not only as a major poet of the American nineteenth century but also as one of the most intriguing poets of any place or time, in both her art and her life. The outline of her biography is well known. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830 and, except for a few excursions to Philadelphia, Washington, and Boston, spent her entire life there, increasingly limiting her activities to her father's house. "I do not cross my Father's ground to any House or Town," she wrote, referring to a personal reclusiveness that was noticeable even to her contemporaries. In the front corner bedroom of that house on Main Street, Dickinson wrote over 1,700 poems, often on scraps of paper and on the backs of grocery lists, only a handful of which were published in her lifetime and then anonymously. She was known to give poems to friends and neighbors, often as an accompaniment to the cakes and cookies she baked, sometimes lowering them from an upstairs window in a basket. Her habit of binding groups of poems together into little booklets called fascicles might indicate she felt her poems were presentable, but most of her poems never went farther than her desk drawer where they were discovered by her sister after Dickinson's death in 1886 of kidney failure. In her lifetime, her poetry remained unknown, and although a few small editions of her poems were published in the 1890s, it was not until 1955 that a reliable scholarly edition appeared, transcribing the poems precisely from the original manuscripts and preserving all of Dickinson's typographical eccentricities (see Note). Convincingly or not, she called publication "the auction of the mind" and compared the public figure to a frog croaking to the admiring audience of a bog.

It is fascinating to consider the case of a person who led such a private existence and whose poems remained unrecognized for so long after her death, as if she had lain asleep only to be awakened by the kiss of the twentieth century. The quirky circumstances of her life have received as much if not more commentary than the poems themselves. Some critics valorize her seclusion as a form of female self-sufficiency; others make her out to be a victim of her culture. Still others believe that her solitariness has been exaggerated. She did attend school, after all, and she maintained many intimate relationships by letter. Moreover, it was less eccentric in her day than in ours for one daughter--she had a brother who was a lawyer and a sister who married--to remain home to run the household and assist her parents. Further, all writers need privacy; all must close the door on the world to think and compose. But Dickinson's separateness--which has caused her to be labeled a homebody, a spinster, and a feminist icon among other things--took extreme forms. She was so shy that her sister Lavinia would be fitted for her clothes; she wore only white for many years ("Wear nothing commoner than snow"); and she rarely would address an envelope, afraid that her handwriting would be seen by the eyes of strangers. When asked of her companions, she replied in a letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, "Hills, sir, and the sundown, and a dog large as myself that my father bought me."

However tempting it is to search through the biographical evidence for a solution to the enigma of Emily Dickinson's life, we must remember that no such curiosity would exist were it not for the poems themselves. Her style is so distinctive that anyone even slightly acquainted with her poems would recognize a poem on the page as an Emily Dickinson poem, if only for its shape. Here is a typical example:

'T is little I could care for pearls
Who own the ample sea;
Or brooches when the Emperor
With rubies pelteth me;
Or gold, who am the Prince of Mines;
Or diamonds, when I see
A diadem to fit a dome
Continual crowning me.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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"No one can read these poems...without perceiving that he is not so much reading as being spoken to."
--Archibald MacLeish


From the Trade Paperback edition.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A review by the editor 8 octobre 2016
Par Helen McN - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The 5 stars are for Dickinson herself, although I am the editor of this selection which was originally published by Everyman's Poetry. It is widely used in schools and when I last visited the Dickinson Homestead in Amherst MA it was the selection chosen to be featured in their small bookshop of Dickinsoniana. My purpose in editing this selection was to offer a general selection that emphasized the passionate the complex Dickinson without neglecting the poems written in her occasional child persona. To my knowledge it is the only selection that includes a complete "fascicle," (the hand-bound notebooks in which Dickinson self-published groups of poems) so that the reader can decide whether the fascicles are consciously developed lyric sequences or simpler anthologies. In editing the works I used Thomas H. Johnson's the Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1955), Carl Franklin's facsimiles in The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (1981) and original manuscripts consulted at Harvard's Houghton Library and elsewhere.
I bought this copy on Amazon because I have run out of copies to give to friends! Having received a fixed payment for my edition, I do not profit from continued sales. The Everyman paperback showed a path through greenery on the cover rather than the highly feminine ladies' dresses of the Phoenix edition.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Beautiful poetry 29 janvier 2010
Par Jenn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
If you like poetry that makes you stop and think, or really hits home for you, I'd recommend this book. The book jacket was sort of creepy because it had a picture of her. Anyway, I know I'll be reading this book again and again! :)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 24 novembre 2014
Par BH - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Poche Achat vérifié
Arrived on time and as described
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Four Stars 9 septembre 2016
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 selected poems and letters of E. Dickinson 8 janvier 2013
Par maggiemay - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Anything regarding Emily Dickinson is a must read for me. However this was one I had not read and got it as a gift. Was disappointed as many top poems were not included. Still it was a lovely text.
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