Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems

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Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems

Final Harvest Emily Dickinson s Poems Librarian s Note this is an alternate edition to ISBN Though generally overlooked during her lifetime Emily Dickinson s poetry has achieved acclaim due to her experiments in prosody her

  • Title: Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson's Poems
  • Author: Emily Dickinson Thomas H. Johnson
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  • Page: 274
  • Format: Paperback
  • Librarian s Note this is an alternate edition to ISBN 10 0316184152Though generally overlooked during her lifetime, Emily Dickinson s poetry has achieved acclaim due to her experiments in prosody, her tragic vision and the range of her emotional and intellectual explorations.

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    1. Matt on said:

      Some of the most powerful, hair-raising, dynamic, brutal, vivid, imaginitive, ghostly, intense, sheerly dialectical poetry ever. She has a knack, not at all uncommon among great writers, to seem accessible and surface-level beautiful while being almost unbearably challenging and provocative once engaged with. A genius, no questions asked.If I had to bring, like, 5 books with me to the moon I think she would have to accompany whatever else I brought. She stands up to re-reading (really the most d [...]

    2. Bruce on said:

      This is a selection of about one-third of Dickinson’s nearly 1800 poems. I have enjoyed reading it in the months following my reading of Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, because these two mid-19th century American poets are giants who complement each other so well. Whitman is expansive and inclusive, brash and generalizing, while Dickinson celebrates the small, the particular. But she far exceeds her traditional stereotype of being gentle, frail, and retiring, at least in her poetical work. Her po [...]

    3. Michael on said:

      I own the collection compiled by the eminent Dickinson scholar, Thomas H. Johnson. It is titled Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson’s Poems. Of the 1,775 poems she wrote, Johnson chose a mere 576 to include in this volume. Emily Dickinson’s poetry is a treasure once you become accustomed to her style. I wonder how many people neglect to read Dickinson, thinking that she is or her writings are nothing but niceties, preciousness, and womanly stuff. Sure she wrote about nature, like her peers of her [...]

    4. Jeremiah on said:

      It took me two months to make it through this 320pg book: a collection of 575 of Dickinson's best poems. Only after I read a biography of her (Richard Sewall's) and only after I was a third of the way through this book did my brain finally "get" how to read her and receive her.When I read a book I feel like I spend time with the author. For me, spending time with Emily is awe-inspiring, scary, gut-wrenching, humbling, breathtaking, and fascinating. There's something very other-worldly about her [...]

    5. Anne on said:

      122 (numbers differ with editors and editions) is one of my favorites. Eta: While I was rereading Final Harvest, the book, dating from my college days, fell apart at the spine. S. noted my distress, and today, I received an incredibly wonderful gift of a first edition The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (my attempts to add a bit of html coding here are not meeting with success). In this edition, Poem 122 is Poem 341. The inscription from S with reference to a certain poem, I shall not reveal.

    6. Andie on said:

      I'm not a huge fan of poetry but I decide to give this book an opportunity. I read every single poem. Dickinson talks about Nature, God, and Death and yes, she is morbid but she also has poems about life and love. They are worth exploring. Some were boring, some I paid little attention to but some I read and re-read searching for meaning, repeating it as if it were a song. Some poems ended up inspiring me and I learned tons of new words. Overall it was an experience worth experiencing and a risk [...]

    7. Dina on said:

      Qué poemas más hermosos, la elegancia, la rima, la profundidad. Este libro es para el alma. La mejor forma de terminar un año y empezar otro. Totalmente recomendado. Dickinson era una genio tierna."I have no Life but this - To lead it here - Nor any Death - but lest Dispelled from there - Nor tie to Earths to come - Nor action new - Except through this extent - The Realm of you -"

    8. P.S. Winn on said:

      Always a great author to choose for poems that touch your soul.

    9. Kathe Koja on said:

      No one like her, no voice like hers, no wonder we're still trying to parse her out, catch up to her, catch the hem of her garment. Eternity's disclosureTo favorites - a few -Of the Colossal substanceOf Immorality Thank you, Emily.

    10. Wayne on said:

      I bought this just recently - a selection of 576 poems drawn from all her 1,775 poems- poems of such startling originality that they were doomed to obscurity in Dickinson's own lifetime ie. 1830 - 1886.I have the Faber Complete Poems,so WHY buy this???I quote: "Here is the best of Emily Dickinson's poetry - 576 poems that fully and fairly represent not onlythe complete range of Dickinson's poetic geniusbut also the complexity of her personality, the flucuation of her mood, and the development of [...]

    11. Ian Mathers on said:

      The AGO has an exhibition of Emily Carr's work that I've seen twice (with different friends) recently, and it just reminds me that I used to sometimes get her and her fellow Emily mixed up. But the most I went through this selection the more I though maybe I wasn't wrong to have them paired up in my head. They both have a kind of intensity that put them out of step with many of their contemporaries, and their 'careers' both suffered at the time due to their gender. They both have periods that I [...]

    12. Mario on said:

      I admit upfront that I don't consider myself much of a poetry person, but I also feel like I gave this far more consideration than anyone else would have.If anything turned me off the most it was the extensive use of near-rhymes. I have no problems with non-rhyming poetry, but if you can't just approximate rhymes and expect it to work. At least for me, following an ABAB with an ABAJ clangs like a rusted church bell. It's one thing if you aren't rhyming from the beginning, but when you set an exp [...]

    13. Meredith on said:

      I am ashamed to admit that I had dismissed Emily Dickinson as some kind of cutesy, greeting card, nature poet prior college when I -- a non-honors student -- managed to sneak into an honors discussion course about her poetry where I quickly gained a new respect for her. This selection of Emily Dickinson's poems is wonderful except for one omission: the poem "In Winter in my Room," which I handwrote in the back of my copy. In Winter in my RoomI came upon a Worm --Pink, lank and warm --But as he w [...]

    14. Cory Schulz on said:

      This book represents 575 poems out of 1776 that Emily Dickinson wrote over her life time. I find it amazing the poems were not discovered until after her death and all published posthumously. Dickinson lived her life as a recluse and this situation is sometimes reflected in her poetry. In 1955 Thomas H. Johnson edited the three volume presentation of The Poems of Emily Dickinson and created Final Harvest. The total sum of her work is represented. Poems were selected that are not only her best kn [...]

    15. Patrick Gibson on said:

      I am embarrassed to tell people I like Dickinson's poetry. Probably because of that whole spinster lady thing. But there is a darkness to her poetry so seductive and so mysterious. If ever there was a true to life Tennessee Williams character, she would be it.There is a Complete Volume, but I like finding these smaller collections. I like trying to figure why editors lumped certain poems together.Dark, dark, dark baby"Behind Me—dips Eternity—Before Me—Immortality—Myself—the Term betwee [...]

    16. Netsui on said:

      I read her in many types of voice styles: from stuffy and prude to reading her with a hip hop tone, try it, it's fun!List of fav. poems:I. 479She dealt her pretty words like Blades --How glittering they shone --And every One unbared a NerveOr wantoned with a Bone --She never deemed -- she hurt --That -- is not Steel's Affair --A vulgar grimace in the Flesh --How ill the Creatures bear --To Ache is human -- not polite --The Film upon the eyeMortality's old Custom --Just locking up -- to Die.II. 4 [...]

    17. Benjamin on said:

      I haven't opened this book in years (I don't think I even own a copy at present), but this is the edition in which I first encountered Dickinson seriously, so I feel a great deal of fondness for it. The "final" in the title is laughable now, but back in the 1960s people must have thought, I guess, that there would not be any more editing work to do with this poet. After all, there was a three-volume scholarly edition, a single-volume reader's edition, and this selection. What else could anyone p [...]

    18. Rebekah on said:

      I'm not a big fan of poetry, but I absolutely LOVE Emily Dickinson! Her poems actually drew me into reading works by other poets. Her poems are so full of meaning while phenomenally concise. I've written a 10 page paper--or was it 18?--on one 2 line poem. Granted, I referred to 6-8 of her other poems to draw parallels and examine the meaning. My favorite poet, by far. I still explore her poetry, occasionally.

    19. Nancy Monson on said:

      Ahhh, the ultimate existentialist commentary. I have always loved Emily Dickinson's poetry and this book professes to be a compilation of selected poems chosen from ALL of her poems . . . an alleged first. Poems were well organized and accessible, numbered first by the editors running number then in parens the alleged Dickinson running number. The book also, thankfully, comes without any editorial hoohah. You are free to enjoy and interpret.

    20. jacky on said:

      I love Emily Dickinson. What I love about her is that her poems are so full and thought out. Ever word contributes to the overall meaning. And she writes about so much more than what the average person thinks she does. I have read out of this book three different times in my education: sophomore year of high school, senior year of high school, and my Dickinson and Frost class in college.

    21. Albert on said:

      A perfect collection to acquaint yourself with her poems, which are a secret language of their own. The brevity and dissonant rhymes bring about a unique music. Her musings upon nature, love, and death seem simplistic when stated plainly but upon closer inspection (like natural wonder itself) the depth of her thoughts can astonish and enlighten. Pure genius. Her poetry should be re-read again and again.

    22. Amy on said:

      I could spend a lifetime pondering and studying Emily Dickinson's poems. Some are accessible while in others I feel I only catch a glimpse of her meaning. Reading this was a five-month project for me, reading a handful of poems each night in bed. About 50 of them are now among my favorite poems. Perhaps I will conquer her complete oeuvre next.

    23. Jennifer on said:

      Four stars for the poetry, two-and-a-half for the accompanying text - I wanted more. I appreciate Dickinson as a female American poet (and game-changer), and while I don't always love her repetitive meter/rhyme structure, her themes are always appealing.

    24. Sheila on said:

      I had to read some of the poems for a college class, so I didn't read every poem. I wrote a paper on "A liquor I never tasted". I know I'm not supposed to use quotation marks but this software wouldn't let me italic it.

    25. ZaRi on said:

      "Nature" is what we see—The Hill—the Afternoon—Squirrel—Eclipse— the Bumble bee—Nay—Nature is Heaven—Nature is what we hear—The Bobolink—the Sea—Thunder—the Cricket—Nay—Nature is Harmony—Nature is what we know—Yet have no art to say—So impotent Our Wisdom isTo her Simplicity.

    26. Sylvain on said:

      Truly one of the finest poets to ever grace this Earth. I've become the annoying person who says, "Ooh That reminds me of an Emily Dickinson poem!" to anything and everything people say. It's not my fault; the woman covered all of human experience.

    27. Sylvia on said:

      I hate the other editions, ie: the editions edited by Higginson and Todd or Dodd or whatever that horrid woman's name was, are trash and Johnson's are the ones that tend to stay closest with ED's OGs.

    28. Cathy Douglas on said:

      This has a good selection of Emily Dickinson's poetry, the great mixed with the everyday mixed with the ones that make you go "huh?"

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