Apple TVs Dickinson focuses on (arguably) the most notable and famous American poet of the 19th century, Emily Dickinson. Emily was a famous hermit and later in life she preferred not even to leave her bedroom. He wrote some 1,800 poems about love, nature, disease, sex, death, and more.
While much of her life remains a source of mystery and intrigue, and despite all the rumors and rumors, she is world famous and appreciated for her poetic prowess. One of the highlights of the show is the opening picture credits and the title of each episode, which focuses on one of the many Dickinson Eccentric poems, which are also used throughout the episodes.
10 “I felt a funeral … in my brain.”
This is the title of the final episode of season 1. This poem is appropriate given the circumstances of the episode: Emily mourns the death of Ben, her father’s assistant and almost lover, and the ‘death’ of her hopes of to be with him. Sue when she marries Austin, a wedding to which she is no longer invited.
Viewers watch her sadly lying on the ground as she reflects on the anguish of her life.
9 “I am afraid of owning a body”
This famous poem is apt for the problems Emily tackles in this fifth episode of Apple TV season 1. Dickinson. The local Shakespeare club that Emily runs, and in which her sister, brother and friends participate, decides to put on Bard’s tragic play OTHELLO later TO summer night Dream. Emily finds herself in one of her most ‘awake’ states by the end, as Henry essentially teaches her why she’s coercing him into playing the title character. just because he is black and by his own means is troublesome as a privileged and wealthy white woman.
This inspires her to write this poem about the fear of possessing a body and a soul, “Deep – Precarious Property – Possession, not optional.” This also makes sense in light of George going behind Emily’s back to ask her father for her father’s hand in marriage and alludes to the patriarchal structures that simultaneously hold Emily against the men in her life, but also hold her over Henry. .
8 “Alone, I can’t be”
Episode 4 of the bio-drama can best be described as “self-indulgent” to everyone except Emily. Fans see her sitting under her great-grandfather’s gorgeous giant tree reading Walden, The famous naturalistic book of Henry David Thoreau. He learns that the Amherst Belchertown Railroad is going directly through all three, and to his dismay decides to visit Thoreau for help saving money.
She wants to go alone, but George won’t allow it, citing the cultural / social rule of the day, and things only get worse from there when he learns that Thoreau is a hypocritical fraud. “Alone, I cannot be …”, unravels the poet’s desire to remain in peace. She knows that the company will come anyway and that her departure never begins. This poem is obviously the setting for the events of this episode.
7 “Wild nights”
In this third episode of the streaming service, Dickinson “Wild Nights” is an appropriate title. When Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson leave town for a night, Emily, Lavinia, and Austin decide to pitch the House Party House Parties in 19th Century Amherst, MA.
It’s a mix of opium-fueled, music-laden traps that typical teens with too much free time, mutual love, and a zest for life always do when their parents aren’t around. The poem is appropriate for this episode, as the poet herself writes about wild nights “with you … our luxury”, and in this episode when Sue and Emily’s relationship begins to evolve.
6 “I like a look of agony”
This season 2 episode focuses on one of the most important political events that was a catalyst for the American Civil War: when abolitionist John Brown raided Harper Ferry in an attempt to start a slave revolt in the South by taking over the arsenal. from the USA, VA.
While Sam Bowles and Mr. Dickinson celebrate for purely capitalist purposes, Emily, Austin and their friends lament, in the middle of their tea party, potentially going to war. Emily Dickinson’s poem of the same name serves as the perfect backdrop for the episode, as the agony of the raid, the knowledge of impending death, and Emily’s broken heart by Sam all allude to the agony. Truth – Men Don’t Simulated Seizure “.
5 “Fame is fickle food”
On the second season of Apple TV Dickinson (ep. 2), Emily enters her decadent cake into the Amherst baking contest at the fair and wins the grand prizes – the ribbon, the eulogy, and her name and recipe in the newspaper. This is the first time Emily has been recognized in print for something, and while Sue argues that it should be for her poetry, Emily has reservations.
In a recitation to Sam, she states that “Fame is a fickle food on a changing plate … Men eat and die.” This echoes and foreshadows Emily’s continued skepticism and the complicated feelings surrounding fame.
4 “Forbidden fruit that has a taste”
Season 2 Episode 5 Dickinson shows Emily in the middle of her fantasy about being published. . . and sleep with Sam. At a ballroom party that night, Sam flaunts Emily to famous figures as his new muse, letting everyone who listens know how famous she will be after Sam publishes her. During a lecture, they sneak into the library where he shows her where his work will be on the shelves one day.
After being aware of rumors that Sam is sleeping with women that he posts, and Sue assures Emily that it is not true, she has a sexual fantasy about him while writing a letter to his wife, Mary. This short poem describes how sweet the taste of vice and sin is when society and cultural norms / rules do not condemn it; something Mrs. Dickinson knew well.
3 “I’m nobody!”
“Who are you?” This eighth episode (season 2) gives fans what they have been waiting for. The show had been gearing up for Emily’s release, and viewers were curious how it would turn out for the lone poet. Occurred exactly quite the opposite of what Emily had feared: she became invisible to everyone around her.
As a ‘ghost’, Emily sees things she would not otherwise have, including Henry waking up other free black people in the barn and Sam having oral sex with Sue. This poem is the perfect setting for the episode, as it describes Emily’s fear of being “someone”, a public figure; solidifying his disdain for fame.
two “You can’t put out a fire”
The town gathers for Jane’s baby christening at the local church (which ends up on fire) as Emily struggles to retrieve her poems from Sam, confronting him about them and the affair he is having with Sue. Later, when she and Emily fight over him, his poems, and how Sue has changed, he tells Emily that he has a crush on her. They end up having sex, eating a feast, and laying on the lawn in Emily’s greenhouse.
Dickinson’s poem describes how something that ignites and spreads over everything around it cannot be extinguished, such as passionate love. It also describes how a flood cannot bend into a drawer, as the wind would uncover it; In essence, the overwhelming emotions of love for someone cannot be silenced.
1 “Because I couldn’t stop for death, it kindly stopped for me.”
The pilot episode and perhaps Emily Dickinson’s most famous poem go hand in hand. When Emily tries to become a published author, she faces an intense backlash, especially from her parents.
That night, he meets Death. He tells her that she will be the only Dickinson worthwhile; that people will know about her and her poems for centuries to come. The chariot of death, like the poem “sustained, but only ourselves, and immortality.”
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