Born in Massachusetts in 1830, Emily Dickinson composed over 1770 poems; but apart from her closest friends, no-one knew she was writing at all. Only after her death was her astonishing output discovered and published. A reclusive figure for much of her life, few could have imagined the range of her subjects, the intensity of her imagination or the powerful delicacy of her writing. Emily Dickinson is one of America’s greatest writers. This selection includes 147 of her best known poems, and is a perfect introduction to her unique voice.
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Great, but poems should be individual files
Who can go wrong with Emily Dickinson's poetry? Lyrical, elliptical, sharp and severe as bullets, these packets deliver their incision with the softness of rose petals.
Teresa Gallagher’s presentation is spot on. She adds a dramatic flourish to the few pieces that demand it like “Dear March, Come In,” but generally her voice flows with the melodious ridges and valleys of the works themselves.
One major complaint: There must be forty or fifty poems in this recording — AND THEY’RE ALL CORRALLED INTO A SINGLE ONE-HOUR, SEVENTEEN-MINUTE PACKAGE. The poems should be offered as individual files titled by their first lines. If you want to skip to a favorite like “Because I Could Not Stop for Death,” you’ve got to mark it yourself or advance through all the poems that precede it.
On the other hand, the price is right for the collected works of one of America’s premier poets.