the collected poems of emily dickinson review.

Emily Dickinson’s poetry reflects the subtle and delicate life she led. She charted the landscape of the human soul.

Dickinson spent much of her life in total seclusion from society and the outside world. And yet her ideas are richer and profound compared to those exposed to society. It feels as though in her own world and nature, the themes found in her poems attained a unique kind of message: subtle and gentle, lofty, and even satirical at times.

I truly love the way she addresses the topics of death, loss, love, justice, and eternity. Her style isn’t limited to the constraints of formal poetic construction, and yet she achieves the richness of imagery and metaphorical representation.

I remember learning about Dickinson throughout my years in school, but never had the appreciation for her work. Revisiting and discovering her incredible poetry makes me so happy to have found a new favorite. Truly a master of words and emotion.

We never know how high we are
till we are called to rise;
And then if we are true to plan
our statures touch the skies.

pg. 56

The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring.

pg. 82

I breathed enough to learn the trick, 
And now, removed from air, 
I simulate the breath so well, 
That one, to be quite sure 

The lungs are stirless, must descend 
Among the cunning cells, 
And touch the pantomime himself. 
How cool the bellows feels!

pg. 250

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