Emily Dickinson

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

Hope' Is The Thing With Feathers - Poem by Emily Dickinson

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'Hope' is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
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Comments about Hope' Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson

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

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

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  • 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

  • Rookie - 0 Points 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
    Peace
    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.
    cheers.
    cindy X] NM, US (Report) Reply










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