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(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

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"Hope" is the thing with feathers


"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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  • Angelina Holmes (4/13/2014 10:00:00 AM)

    This is my absolute favorite poem! Dickinson always uses the dash in such a musical manner, and her poetry always has such lovely layers of meaning! Beautiful.

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/1/2014 11:42:00 AM)

    Always a joy to read!

  • Benjamin Tetteh (4/1/2014 5:05:00 AM)

    Emily what then happens to the big birds. Nice piece.

  • Victoria Keret (1/20/2014 1:49:00 PM)

    one of my favorite poems, truly inspiring

  • Michelle Hanes (12/9/2013 5:21:00 PM)

    These feathers, that
    are treated as life
    Must be protected,
    from war and strife...

    To a poet, whoever is reading this/I wish you read my poems for entertainment and bliss...

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/6/2013 4:55:00 AM)

    And those things with such feathers
    Are being shot every day
    In a world torn by war to shreds
    Such birds have no longer nests to stay.........

    To all poets reading this, I welcome you to my page for your esteemed comments on my poems

  • Jeffrey Mcandrew (10/15/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    Beautiful. She was certainly a poetic genius.

  • Diamond Snow (7/16/2013 6:26:00 PM)

    Love it i learnt a lot from it

  • Diamond Snow (7/16/2013 5:59:00 PM)

    So beautiful and honest

  • Buja Kipa (7/9/2013 3:19:00 PM)

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