Emily Dickinson

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

Hope Is The Thing With Feathers - Poem by Emily Dickinson

'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.

Topic(s) of this poem: hope

Form: Sonnet

Comments about Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson

  • Veteran Poet - 1,511 Points Sofia Kioroglou (9/27/2015 11:32:00 AM)

    great poem! One of my all time faves (Report) Reply

    4 person liked.
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  • Freshman - 572 Points Stephen Pennell (9/17/2015 3:32:00 AM)

    great poem, springs eternal (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,990 Points Seema Jayaraman (9/8/2015 9:32:00 AM)

    one of school favourites... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 17,773 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (9/3/2015 12:35:00 PM)

    Very positive poem...I liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 30,268 Points * Sunprincess * (8/28/2015 8:05:00 PM)

    ...........beautifully penned, ....always has been one of my favorites ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dave Calma (8/18/2015 7:23:00 PM)

    This is a great poem about hope. The imagery of a bird complements the hopeful and refreshing tone present in the first two stanza's of the poem. Probably my favorite part of this poem would be the final couplet. Aside from making 'hope' sound as something dreamy and wishy washy (best wording EVER! !) , Dickinson introduces 'hope' requires something of us. To me this poem shows how beautiful hope is but how it is also tiring and sometimes difficult. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 4,881 Points Kinyua Karanja (7/9/2015 4:45:00 AM)

    I like the way hope is personified And sings the tune without the words (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Segun Amos (7/2/2015 2:40:00 AM)

    Wow poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Hardy Xu (6/19/2015 7:03:00 AM)

    THE feeling of reading this poem in English and in Chinese is really differemt. Actually, I want to read the original.I won't tell you that my English doesn't allow me to. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 56,170 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (6/18/2015 2:34:00 AM)

    Hope flies like Angels...when combined with Faith (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Ally Mouldenhauer (6/4/2015 3:33:00 PM)

    poop poop poop poop poop poop (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,692 Points Naida Nepascua Supnet (5/23/2015 9:49:00 PM)

    That is why it is called hope because it can make you do things so as to get satisfactory output.
    Oh my Emily. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,582 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/23/2015 5:40:00 PM)

    Hope does indeed fly away and cause hopelessnes but thank God it also fly toward us to bring hopefullness. A thought provocative poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Anthony Maery (5/18/2015 10:15:00 AM)

    Very beautiful poem!! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie noopur soni (5/17/2015 9:49:00 PM)

    Good (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 63 Points Anthony Devers (4/28/2015 3:34:00 PM)

    Simple, lyrical, precise and profound. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 17 Points Balash Salamatbakhsh (3/26/2015 10:26:00 PM)

    One of the Iranian scholars named her daughter of Molana (Rumi) . I also like to share a short poem that I wrote as a tribute to Emily Dickinson:
    I see you through your verses, when you stir alone.
    I found a way to acknowledge you,
    when your soul selects her own society
    the wind confirms you
    the trees, the earth, the tears
    and the people's awakening confirms you.
    why I am searching you, if you are everywhere? (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (3/16/2015 9:00:00 PM)

    Hope' is the thing with feathers—
    That perches in the soul—
    And sings the tune without the words—
    And never stops—at all— that's why I say- till there is sun shall not dew parish ....superb (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 198 Points Daniela Mercelina (3/11/2015 5:39:00 AM)

    beautiful short poem about hope! ! ``And sings the tune without the words—`` perfectly described Love that part! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 38,730 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/10/2015 6:09:00 AM)

    I likes this poem and that is about hope. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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