I watched season 1 of Dickinson series on Apple TV+ (on the life of Emily Dickinson, the American poet) probably two months ago. And I loved it and wanted to share my thoughts on it. I didn’t get the time to watch season 2 but I will watch it soon.
So first of all the thing that makes me love the series is the personality and acting of Hailee Steinfield as Emily Dickinson. I think the acting of Emily Dickinson is exaggerated in order to make the series more entertaining but I have no doubt that the lessons from Emily Dickinson’s life are accurately conveyed.
Here are some things I loved about the series-
- The personality of Emily Dickinson
- The feminism
- The expression of a complex individual in the form of poetry
Personality of Emily Dickinson
I loved how the personality of Emily Dickinson is portrayed in the series. Even though anyone who had seen Emily Dickinson in real life is not alive now and even though her personality may be exaggerated I feel inspired and I enjoy watching her in the series.
She seemed very interesting, even though she was not a published poet, even though she didn’t marry and even though she was dependent on her family for survival.
I think the acting is fabulously done by Hailee Steinfield. Hailee herself has a great personality of her own but in the series where she plays Emily Dickinson, she acts as a daughter, sister, friend, lover, feminist, etc.
The use of the modern English Language instead of old English makes her more relatable. Also, the dialogues sound really cool.
I remember that Emily would raise her voice again patriarchy and have a very liberal perspective.
She seemed like a very progressive-minded person and ahead of her time. What she thought two hundred years ago, we are thinking now.
She also mocked the fact that only men could do certain things and women were not allowed to do them, things such as attending university and so on.
The Expression Of A Complex Individual In The Form Of Poetry
Now, this is purely my opinion that she was a complex individual. She had depth in her character. She was extraordinary at writing poems and was a brilliant thinker.
When I read her poems I feel strong emotions. I am moved by her poems and I even have her poem on my laptop wallpaper.
Her poems are true, authentic and bold. And I am sure there are many other adjectives to describe her poems. But to me, her words are like a shining ray of light in the darkness of mundane life.
And all that comes from Emily Dickinson, who never published her poems in her lifetime?
At every point in time while watching the series I could relate to Emily because I am similar to her, not as a poet or a writer but as a person who loves expression. This is purely my opinion.
Now the point I am trying to make by sharing this review of Dickinson(Apple TV+ series) is that of the message of Emily Dickinson’s life.
I think her life teaches hope in a person’s life. How she decided to sacrifice her fame as a poet and kept writing even though no one would read and appreciate it in her life except a few people, is inspiring.
Although her poems were discovered and published later after her death, I think that the dedication to living a life where she followed her passion for writing, is inspiring.
Thank you for reading this blog post. Please comment- Have you read any of Emily Dickinson’s poems?