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Emily Dickinson

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

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"Hope" is the thing with feathers


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"Hope" is the thing with feathers—
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  • Fiona Kennedy (8/23/2009 5:42:00 PM)

    I felt very moved by this poem it's the first Dickinson poem I've read. Describes hope perfectly (Report) Reply

  • Ravi A (8/7/2009 1:22:00 PM)

    In extreme reality, hope may leave us or we will rather lose hope. Hope is an expectaion of unrealized 'morrows. Whether hope leaves us into despair or shows happy dales, it is this hope which drives us to sustain in the sea of life where no real prediction is really possible. 'The title. Feathers tell volumes. (Report) Reply

  • Cecil Gose (7/22/2009 6:25:00 AM)

    In this world of today where terrorism becomes a habit, with economic and political crisis arises, the only thing that's left is HOPE! (Report) Reply

  • Louie -Love & Peace- Levy (6/30/2009 7:50:00 AM)

    To; Adam Sobh + curious readers.
    This is the way I feel and sense of
    Emily metaphors, her feelings, imagination and
    with listening heart is how she needs to be read
    'Hope' is the thing with Feathers
    An emotion felt as 'feathers'
    'That perches in the soul—' sings a tune- never stops'
    At this point the feathers are not of a bird but
    of a wish, (hope) that we hope we will never give up on from within (Soul)

    Now in trance, she envisions the bird, her 'hopes'.
    And sweetest—in the Gale
    As life would be so pleasant and also cruel, so she writes;
    'and sore must be the storm— (life)
    That could abash the little Bird ' (Hope)
    That kept so many warm— (birds) and gale) = pleasantness.

    Her finale, is most brilliant of self insight
    with metaphor to hold all readers captive and
    self questioning. Remember? 'Hope[ being her feathered bird.

    Yet, never, in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb—of Me.
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    Intuitively by;
    Louie Levy (Report) Reply

  • Adam Sobh (4/10/2009 11:50:00 AM)

    I'm doing a project on Emily Dickinson for my 11th grade American Literature class, and i need to find a poem by Miss Emily Dickinson and then analyze it, i chose this poem, but i don't really understand it, so if anybody could please explain it to me and help me to better understand it, i would be extremely grateful. (Report) Reply

  • Han Bin Kim (4/3/2009 7:44:00 PM)

    This is such a beautiful poem! I am guessing that this poem actually does not have a title, and the first sentence just became the title. Am I right? (Report) Reply

  • Rita Shay (2/2/2009 4:47:00 PM)

    I always think of a bird getting up and flapping its wings when I read this, it gives me hope. I love her descriptions. (Report) Reply

  • Lu Wenchao (11/2/2008 8:13:00 AM)

    This poem is very wonderful.It depicts the role of hope in our life.I like the title: Hope is the thing with feathers.This title can tell us lots of things about hope.Obviously, the feather here belongs to the hope, and we all konw that feather is very light, and is able to help the bird fly in the sky.According to this trait of feather, we can know that hope is also very light, which means it will not bring heavy burden on us like the reality.Also, we can deduce that the hope can help us fly just as the feather help the bird fly.In addition to this, the feather is also very warm, which can keep the cold away from the birds.In this point, hope is also very warm, which can help us walk out of the chilly land safely.In a word, we can konw lots of things concerning hope from the title of this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Maverick Evita (9/13/2008 7:14:00 AM)

    My favourite Emily Dickinson poem is 'I am Nobody'.And now after losing myself in this poem, I found the second favourite of mine. (Report) Reply

  • Miss Lavender (9/7/2008 7:06:00 PM)

    i like the way she visualizes hope. she compares it to a bird that keep you warm and not asking for food. the tune is enough to get hope.. harsh things in real life try to throw it away but thy can't... a beautiful meaning... a simple language.. a great poetess indeed... (Report) Reply

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