‘Though I read and teach Emily Dickinson constantly, I remain a bewildered idolator, struggling to understand her enigmatic sublimities. Together with Emerson, Whitman and Henry James, she seems to me America’s highest achievement in thought and the arts. At her strongest, she has something in her lyrics that recalls the swiftness and compression of Shakespeare’s mind.’ – Harold Bloom.
Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) wrote nearly 1800 short poems: epigrammatic, metaphysical, tragic, funny, touching, terrifying … and her correspondence matches the complexity and artfulness of her lyrics. Using letters, poems and analysis, Dead Poets Live will dramatise the life and work of this mysterious, unknowable and unique genius.