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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Topic of this poem: hope

Form: Sonnet

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  • Rookie Taylor S (5/1/2009 9:19:00 PM)

    Hope is the term and soul is the definition to this brilliant poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie nothing over (4/27/2009 11:20:00 PM)

    Great poem, check out my poems too (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Elbert Matt Loubser (12/17/2008 3:14:00 AM)

    Hope does not expect anything from us yet it gives its all at the hardest of times. Hope is indeed selfless. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie Lucianne Fasolo (7/9/2008 8:23:00 PM)

    Wonderful poem. I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jessica Jemima (6/27/2008 2:12:00 AM)

    Wow! I really like the poem.. great to read. =) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raluca Ratiu (1/13/2008 11:24:00 AM)

    Very nice indeed i always loved reading her poems. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Konye obaji Ori (12/28/2007 6:46:00 PM)

    great imagery.....great sensation, , , , , , i love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Matt Mondschein (11/4/2007 1:36:00 AM)

    I love Em too, however hope can be a dangerous thing also, It can drive a man insane, especially when your in a 9 x 6 house
    Matt (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cindy Yeh (8/28/2007 8:44:00 PM)

    well, this is a place where people can express their thoughts onto the internet for all to see, jessica terry.
    and some people-like me, perhaps not you-like to read their thoughts, and we believe it is interesting to see other opinions of hope. for example, this 'william lee' says 'hope is poison' he agrees? why? aren't you curious at all? don't u want 2 no?
    so CHILL OUT jessica. its not for u to say wat others can say about this beautiful poem of hope
    and dont try to be 'cool' by saying just that. no. just, no. maybe u wont ever see this and wat im writing, but this IS a place to express urself, so let urself go, be free, and dont be trapped inside that little box of yours. u no how they say 'think outside the box'? exactly.
    well anyway.
    ♥ ♥ ♥ luv this poem lots. means a lot 2 me and is incredibly beautiful.
    cindy X] NM, US (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 10 Points Jessica Rose (7/31/2007 2:00:00 AM)

    Yea hi um all them people who put big long answers about what hope is.... there was never a question.... just a really really cool poem.

    luv this poem luv emily dickinson.... why is there a need to write a big explaination bout that.


    luv ya

    jEsSi-GuRl (Report) Reply

  • Rookie William Lee (6/30/2007 10:03:00 AM)

    Maybe is my comment to the theme of this work. Hope can be a bird, invisible and untouchable. Who can find the evidence of its existence? No one. When we see hope, that is because of our nature to live virtually. Someone says hope is poison. I agree partly. We creat such a concept to prop our faith, while we sometimes pursuade ourselves not to give up something impossible. This is controvercial, I think. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,452 Points Naveed Akram (6/20/2007 3:23:00 PM)

    I can ever explain ‘hope’ myself, but she has made hope of our hope. It has feathers, and hope has evidently feathers! In other words it flies for yourself, and the gravity, the universal constant, has managed to sustain hope by aiding these feathers in subtle arrangement. What a saint gravity is! From the grave to the very issues of gravity, hope is mustered and contrived. Saints conjure it, but evil people have invented it from their minds. What does perch in the soul? Words do seem to work with the soul, just as hope seems to learn how to fly with feathers.
    A Gale is a desperation, and hope is the thing with feathers. Hyphenation is very apt for this high-powered talk. She has well defended her knowledge and understood it in entirety.
    I like the ‘strangest Sea’ being imagery for the entire poem as the poem falls apart never when it reaches the end, the farther extremities of the poem itself. Hope is certainly the thing with feathers! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Cecilia Nicoletti (2/9/2007 10:27:00 AM)

    If hope it is a feathered thing and it will be aside for a moment only and will sing promises on our ears.Emily live on Hope and Faith.Credule as a child hopeless as and ancient. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Clare Townsley (2/5/2007 5:57:00 AM)

    I was googling something with 'feathers' when this poem fluttered unexpectedly into my day. What a joyous image - hope with feathers, hope that can fly - perched in the soul and singing. Delightful! (Report) Reply

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