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Hailee Steinfeld to Star in Series about Emily Dickinson

On Monday, Apple released the first trailer for its original series about the life of famous poet Emily Dickinson. The coming-of-age story set in 19th-century America starring Hailee Steinfeld “will explore the constraints of society, gender and family from the perspective of the young poet.”

“I have one purpose,” Steinfeld says in the new trailer, “and that is to become a great writer.”

 

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Apple’s series reimagines Dickinson as a rebellious, party-girl type with aspirations of literary fame and fortune. The trailer takes a light-hearted tone that’s much different from the kind of atmosphere much of Dickinson’s poems create. Seeing her dance and strut across the screen, one struggles to imagine Steinfeld’s character penning the lines “I heard a Fly buzz – when I died – “ in the same way Dickinson did. It seems the creator of Dickinson might be taking a lot of creative liberties in portraying a poet known for her tendency to isolate herself from the world.

 

 

Still, this fresh take on one of America’s greatest poets is exciting! Jane Krakowski, famous for her comedic performance as Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock, joins the cast alongside Steinfeld in this modernized take on Dickinson’s life.

 

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Toby Huss, Anna Baryshnikov, Ella Hunt and Adrian Blake Enscoe round out the cast. With such a solid lineup, Dickinson has the potential to be really great!

The show was created, produced, and written by Alena Smith (The Affair, The Newsroom), so Dickinson fans will have to see just what she has in store! Filming concluded in March, and the new series will likely debut later this year on Apple’s new video subscription service.

 

Alena Smith, creator of Dickinson; Image Via ImDb

 

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Hailee Steinfeld smiling

Hailee Steinfeld To Star in Comedy About Emily Dickinson

It looks like this 1830s poet is getting her own modern TV comedy show! Apple has given a straight-to-series order for the Massachusetts poet known as Emily Dickinson. 

 

It will be a half-hour comedy called Dickinson that will star Oscar-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld (Pitch Perfect 2True Grit) in her first-ever title role as Emily Dickinson. The show is written and executive-produced by Alena Smith and will be a comedic look into Dickinson’s life. It will explore the limitations of society, family and gender in the 19th century from the view of a poet who doesn’t fit into her own time period. 

 

The comedy is set in the 1800s but with more of a modern sensibility and tone and will follow a coming-of-age story about young woman’s fight to have her voice heard. David Gordon Green (Stronger, Pineapple Express, Vice Principals) is set to direct. 

Other shows from Apple include a series produced by Reese Witherspoon based off Curtis Sittenfield’s short story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It which will star Kristen Wiig and a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s cult sci-fi series Amazing Stories.

 

There is no release date for Dickinson but hopefully, when the show is released it could possibly shed a new light on the enigmatic and reclusive poet. 

 

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Spring awakening

10 Beautiful Poems to Beckon Your Spring Awakening

It’s that time again and it feels like years since it’s been here. Spring has arrived and although many still see snow on the ground, we know it won’t stick around for long. Where I live, cool breezes have come upon us lately. Long afternoons cast golden light along sidewalks and birds you haven’t heard in a while are suddenly in song. It’s my favorite season, a sort of new beginning.

 

Spring is the season that, when it arrives, feels like it’s been gone the longest. Things begin to buzz and you feel like you’re on the brink of a new beginning, even if you don’t know what it is. No one captures the pure blossoming of spring quite like poets and their poetry. Leave your jackets behind and turn your face to the sun, these are the poems and their excerpts to get you in the mood for a spring awakening.

 

 
1. “Spring” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

 

The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
   The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush         
   The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush         
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

 

2. “A Cold Spring” by Elizabeth Bishop

 

Greenish-white dogwood infiltrated the wood,
each petal burned, apparently, by a cigarette-butt;
and the blurred redbud stood
beside it, motionless, but almost more
like movement than any placeable color.
Four deer practiced leaping over your fences.

 

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3. “Today” by Billy Collins
 
open all the windows in the house
and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,
a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies
seemed so etched in sunlight

 

4. “Trees” by Philip Larkin

 

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

 

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5. “Sonnet 98” by Shakespeare

 

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.

 

6. “In Perpetual Spring” by Amy Gerstler

 

The snake and the snail, kissing.
Even the prick of the thistle,  
queen of the weeds, revives  
your secret belief
in perpetual spring

 

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7. “Young Lambs” by John Clare

 

A glittering star or two–till many trace
The edges of the blackthorn clumps in gold.
And then a little lamb bolts up behind
The hill and wags his tail to meet the yoe

 

8. “Lines Written in Early Spring” by William Wordsworth
 
The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:—
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

 

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9. “A Light Exists In Spring” by Emily Dickinson

 

A light exists in spring
Not present on the year
At any other period.
When March is scarcely here
A color stands abroad
On solitary hills
That science cannot overtake,
But human naturefeels.

 

10. “Spring” by Christina Georgina Rossetti

 

Blows the thaw-wind pleasantly,
Drips the soaking rain,
By fits looks down the waking sun:
Young grass springs on the plain;
Young leaves clothe early hedgerow trees;
Seeds, and roots, and stones of fruits,
Swollen with sap put forth their shoots;
Curled-headed ferns sprout in the lane;
Birds sing and pair again.

 

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Quiet Passion

10 Emily Dickinson Quotes to Help You Transcend Death

Emily Dickinson may well be the best writer Americans have. Her popularization of poetic techniques like enjambment and slant rhymes helped pave the way for the free verse that followed. If there was no Dickinson, then 20th century and modern poetry would sound enormously different. It would probably a lot closer to what it sounded like 150 years ago.

 

In celebration of Dickinson, here are some of my favorite excerpts from her poetry. But don’t stop at the excerpt…read the whole thing! If you don’t get it the first time, read it again and again.

 


 

1. The Sweeping up the Heart 
And putting Love away 
We shall not want to use again 
Until Eternity –

 

From “The Bustle in a House”

 


 

2. But were it told to me, Today, 
That I might have the Sky 
For mine, I tell you that my Heart 
Would split, for size of me – 

 

From “Before I got my eye put out –”

 


 

3. This is the Hour of Lead – 
Remembered, if outlived, 
As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow – 
First – Chill – then Stupor – then the letting go –

 

From “After great pain, a formal feeling comes –”

 


 

4. Ruin is formal — Devil’s work
Consecutive and slow —

 

From “Crumbling is not an instant’s Act”

 


 

5. And then a Plank in Reason, broke,
And I dropped down, and down –
And hit a World, at every plunge,
And Finished knowing – then –

 

From “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,”

 


 

6. I dwell in Possibility – 
A fairer House than Prose – 
More numerous of Windows – 
Superior – for Doors – 

From “I dwell in Possibility –”

 


 

7. It was not Death, for I stood up,
And all the Dead, lie down –
It was not Night, for all the Bells
Put out their Tongues, for Noon.

 

From “It was not Death, for I stood up,”

 


 

8. I would not talk, like Cornets —
I’d rather be the One
Raised softly to the Ceilings —
And out, and easy on —

 

From “I would not paint — a picture —”

 


 

9. Though I than He – may longer live
He longer must – than I –
For I have but the power to kill,
Without – the power to die –

 

From “My Life had stood – a Loaded Gun”

 


 

10. Tell all the truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth’s superb surprise
As Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind —

 

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant —”

 

Feature Image Via the Belcourt Theatre