Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Book Review: Poems by Emily Dickinson

"A precious, mouldering pleasure 'tis
to meet an antique book,
In just the dress his century wore;
A privilege, I think,

His venerable hand to take,
And warming in our own,
A passage back, or two, to make
To times when he was young"

Welcome back to Book Review Wednesdays! I recently read a delightful collection of poems titled Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson, and I loved every minute of it. I am not a writer of poetry; that is not a skill that I possess. But I am finding more and more that I love reading it.

First Impressions? I loved it.

Emily Dickinson is delightfully witty and clever. I love her commentary on life, love, death, etc. I also loved the music of her poems. It is quite remarkable to make words sing, and she definitely does that.

"He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust;
He knew no more that he was poor,
Nor that his frame was dust.
He danced along the dingy days,
And this bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!"

There's not a whole lot I can say, as I feel her poems really must speak for themselves. To that end, everyone needs to read them. So, to conclude this brief little review, I loved this book of poems and firmly believe everyone should read some of Emily's work before they die.

Would I read this book again? Absolutely.

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes! Emily Dickinson's poems are delightful. Everyone needs the chance to enjoy them.