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2.0 out of 5 stars The Single Most Overrated Poet in the Canon, 20 Feb. 2003
This review is from: The Complete Poems (Paperback)
It's no wonder Dickinson managed to produce the volume of material she did -- her work is almost entirely abstract and generally shallow; it can't have taken her more than a couple of minutes to vomit out each one. While it's undeniable that her style is unique, and that she had a talent for rhyme and meter, presentation alone doth not a great poet make. The problem with Emily Dickinson's work -- a problem evident throughout this volume -- is that it lacks all but the most simplistic concrete imagery, and this detracts from its power. No images are brought to mind and no emotional connection are made; the poems just sit there, Dead on the page. While they may have been True to Emily, these poems have nothing whatsoever to do with Beauty.
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Initial post: 4 Sep 2008 15:03:54 BDT
Blake says:
I do not think you are a very discerning reader.

Posted on 13 Jan 2010 18:01:45 GMT
Tony Dougan says:
Absolute rubbish! You clearly haven't been able to read the poetry properly.

Posted on 22 Feb 2010 23:06:08 GMT
Last edited by the author on 22 Feb 2010 23:07:22 GMT
Triestino says:
Emily Dickinson has become a cult poet, and as the above comments show, one casts aspersions on cult poets at one's peril. What we make of a poet's work (what we make of the work of any artist for that matter) is in the end a matter of personal taste, and those who don't like Dickinson's poetry have a right to their own opinions, surely. I myself admire Emily Dickinson's poems, but in the way that I admire well-crafted eighteenth century miniatures - I look at them in the museum, am impressed at the skill deployed in so limited a compass, but then move on to things that I find more enjoyable. The poems do not move me in any way - I find them somehow too self-referential and claustrophobic for that - but I can see that they might give solace and pleasure to others. It's just that they aren't my cup of tea. And at the end of the day, why should they be? À chacun son goût as the French say. Or must we all march in lock step, in time to the current fashions of Eng Lit criticism?

Posted on 14 Sep 2011 13:17:51 BDT
india says:
Personally I find the element of quick and effortless writing is part of the charm that Emily Dickinson has; I love how natural and flowing the words appear from her mind. So she didnt pause and spend hours on each poem, but if she had it would have ruined their charm! She wrote for herself, not for the likes of you or other critics and consequently she could spend however little time she liked on her poems.

Posted on 25 Sep 2011 05:18:05 BDT
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Posted on 24 Apr 2012 23:56:24 BDT
MR G RIGBY says:
words fail me at your distaste, one only can wonder where you personally were at when reading ED it beggars beliefs as i know no other cult poet that shows so much love and density in her poems, maybe try franz wright, another God-send.

Posted on 19 Jul 2013 11:36:16 BDT
D. Jackson says:
Oh pooh pooh Mr Carter, the deadness is your own.

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jul 2013 11:44:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Jul 2013 11:46:38 BDT
D. Jackson says:
Your remark Triestino about taste is quite true but "I like it therefore it is good poetry, I don't therefore it is bad" is boorish and pointless.
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