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Emily Dickinson (Hailee Steinfeld) writing poetry at her desk.

We are currently watching, with much enjoyment, the AppleTV series on American poet, Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). The series is based on Dickinson’s life but uses modern language (and some modern sensibilities) to treat viewers to a glimpse inside the life of this quirky poet.

Therefore, it seemed apropos to post one of her many poems:


A winter’s afternoon on Jekyll Island.

There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter Afternoons – 
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes – 

Heavenly Hurt, it gives us – 
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are – 

None may teach it – Any – 
‘Tis the Seal Despair – 
An imperial affliction
Sent us of the Air – 

When it comes, the Landscape listens – 
Shadows – hold their breath – 
When it goes, ’tis like the Distance
On the look of Death – 


The cast of Dickinson having fun during The Shakespeare Club. Can you guess the play;-)