Will ‘Dickinson’ season 3 prove Emily is one of the greatest poets?
Dickinson has been announced for its third season, and we’re here with the scoop. The Apple+ series puts a comedic twist on the life & works of the renowned classical poet Emily Dickinson. Although her success wasn’t established until after her death, the world will never forget her poem Hope is the Thing with Feathers.
In concern of Dickinson, what exactly is this series all about, and will it prove that Emily Dickinson was and is one of the world’s best poets? Let’s dig in.
Who is Emily Dickinson?
Emily Dickinson is an American poet from the 1800s. She was a bit of a hermit, living alone and barely going outside. She wrote almost two thousand poems during her lifetime, covering topics from death to spirituality to nature.
However, she wasn’t famous until after her death, when her younger sister, Lavinia, found & published her poems. However, her work was not immune to censorship. In fact, many of her poems were written to her sister-in-law, Susan, and this detail was erased from published versions. In 1955, we were finally given a copy of her work that wasn’t tampered with, thanks to Thomas H. Johnson.
All in all, Emily Dickinson is one of the most prolific poets, known for her interesting & engaging works. This leads us to the show about her on Apple TV.
About the Dickinson show
Dickinson was first announced in mid-2018 when it was revealed that Apple had ordered a straight-to-series production starring Hailee Steinfeld, who plays the title role. The series finally premiered on November 1st, 2019.
It’s a tale on Emily Dickinson’s life “with a modern sensibility and tone” and is “Emily’s coming-of-age story – one woman’s fight to get her voice heard.” Alena Smith, who wrote for shows like The Newsroom, created & produced the show. The cast also includes quite a host of individuals alongside Hailee Steinfeld, including Wiz Khalifa & Ella Hunt.
Each episode is based on a different Emily Dickinson poem, from “I have never seen Volcanoes” to “I am afraid to own a Body” to “Forever—is composed of Nows” and so on. We see Emily react to the world around her, grow older and more mature as time goes on.
In season one, we see her deepen her romance with her best friend, Sue Gilbert. This relationship turns romantic & sexual, which is something we love to see. In season two, we see her struggle with her relationship with an editor, Samuel Bowles. What’s in store for Emily Dickinson, one of the greatest poets of our time, in season three? Let’s discuss.
The upcoming third season
The next season of Dickinson is certainly something to look forward to. The trailer just debuted, and Entertainment Weekly summarized it very nicely:
“[This] features Emily more obsessed with healing & touching others with her words & her poems than ever. While she frets about her poetry, those around her belittle her work, believing that words mean nothing in the midst of the Civil War. Emily tries to cling to her family, her brother, her love for Sue (Ella Hunt), and her purpose as a writer as the nation’s most divisive crisis rages.”
We’ll also see actors starring as famous poets. Namely, Chloe Fineman will be acting as Sylvia Plath, and Billy Eichner will play Walt Whitman. Considering both are considered queer icons in their own write, and Dickinson is a pretty queer show, we can’t help but wonder if this casting choice is significant. Hmm. . .
However, probably the saddest part about the third season is that the show is now coming to an end. Emily Dickinson’s show, about one of the world’s best poets, is sadly coming to a close.
The end of Dickinson
Alena Smith said this about the final season of Dickinson: “When I set out to make Dickinson, I envisioned the show as a three-season journey that would tell the origin story of America’s greatest female poet in a whole new way, highlighting Emily’s relevance & resonance to our society today.”
She went on to tell audiences, “I can’t wait to share our epic final season with the world, and to bring our audience along with us to the conclusion of Emily’s coming-of-age saga, as she continues to fight for her own poetic truth, while reckoning with so many of the issues that face us now.”
We’re looking forward to seeing it too. From the promotional material we’ve seen of season three, it’s going to solidify Emily Dickinson’s amazing status and take us on quite a journey. We can’t wait to watch it.
What are your thoughts on Dickinson? Are you sad it’s coming to an end? Let us know in the comments. We want to hear from you!