Emily Dickinson

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

'Hope' is the thing with feathers


'Hope' is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
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  • Rookie Delce Lacbayo (1/5/2012 4:17:00 AM)

    Nice poem..I love it even though there were lots of words that not familiar to me. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Wanisa Ali (12/19/2011 4:53:00 AM)

    It; s wonderful words.I enjoyed so much when I read. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Neeraj Bhatt (10/9/2011 9:17:00 AM)

    I LOVE HER POEM 'I FELT A FUNERAL IN MY BRAIN' AND ''I FELT A CLEAVAGE IN MY MIND' MUCH. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,922 Points Ken E Hall (9/1/2011 5:54:00 AM)

    Hope carried on the wing of a bird that nests in the warmth of the soul...beautiful (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Preaudet Claudia (8/18/2011 4:05:00 PM)

    Hope, everybody needs it, Hope.. really a nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Glenn Baker (3/9/2011 11:47:00 AM)

    This shy untravelled woman could plumb the truth in a few perfectly chosen phrases. I place her on a high pedestal and bow before her amazing gift. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Taylor Dixon (4/20/2010 10:46:00 PM)

    I love this poem so much! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Natalie Austin (3/4/2010 8:42:00 PM)

    She is wonderful I love how she used a bird and compared it to hope. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brian Colton (3/3/2010 11:59:00 PM)

    Hope has feathers, meaning it can be elusive. Some feel this poem only from this perspective or from like personal experiences with hope and its inherent flight potential. They take those experiences and allow it to color their interpretation of the poem. There is nothing wrong with this. Poems cause us to 'sing the tune without the words' and pull from personal experiences. However, focusing strictly on the feathers, rich meaning can be missed: Hope cannot be put into words, we only know the way it makes us feel and it is relentless and persistent. Hope perches in the soul and may seem as if it could fly at any time but is anchored deeper than we think. So deep, in fact, that it can suprisingly withstand the Gales and sore storm. So deep that it keeps many warm with its song in the face of these storms. The amazing thing about hope is we see it even in the devastation of Haiti and Chile. What else do those good people have? We offer hope in our donations. The amazing thing is hope would perch, sing and persist in the human soul in many cases even if help did not come immediately. It requires 'no crumb' but is an inherent part of the human soul that will eternally be found in most of us and in the most extreme circumstances. Dickinson defined hope perfectly using this bird metaphor but most importantly she inspires the very thing she describes. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Yana Kirilova (10/15/2009 6:38:00 AM)

    Wonderful! So simple and so intense in one time... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Digna Gomez (9/19/2009 1:25:00 PM)

    bored ...................... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Carles Purba (9/15/2009 11:31:00 PM)

    someone help me? ?
    What feathers means in this poem? ? ty (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Areena Arora (9/8/2009 4:36:00 AM)

    amazingly woven....very nice... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie - 13 Points 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

  • Rookie Teresa Gregg (7/25/2009 10:19:00 PM)

    ahhh..lovely, gentle, quiet hope.How simply shining... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sangnam Nam (7/24/2009 7:46:00 AM)

    'perches in the soul
    the hope
    ...' means? ? ? ?
    strangest sea and
    fate (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Wildan F Rabbani (5/16/2009 11:16:00 PM)

    I've heard it in the chillest land—
    And on the strangest Sea—

    so lovely
    deep
    and powerful (Report) Reply



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