Hailee Steinfeld Reveals the Emily Dickinson Poem That Inspired the Lyrics to ‘Afterlife’

Jason Pham

Hailee Steinfeld has played Juliet in a remake of Romeo & Juliet, Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Charlie in the Transformers film Bumblebee. But, by far, one of her favorite roles has been as poet Emily Dickinson in Apple TV+’s Dickinson

“I have been rereading a few of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems,” Steinfeld tells StyleCaster about her quarantine experience. “Having the opportunity to play Emily has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

For the series, which premiered in November 2019, Steinfeld wrote and recorded the song “Afterlife,” a haunting pop track whose lyrics were inspired by Dickinson’s 1896 poem “I Heard a Fly Buzz—When I Died.” 

“‘I Heard a...

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