20 Books of Poetry Everyone Should Own

Verse to reach for on a lazy evening—or a difficult day: The poetry no reader's library should be without.
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

770 pages; Back Bay Books
She wrote almost 1,800 poems, but few were published in her lifetime. She rarely left her room, much less her father's house; locals regarded her as an eccentric. Yet Dickinson's verse grappled with big issues—love and death and solitude—and her passion is nearly unparalleled.