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—
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Topic(s) of this poem: hope

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson

  • * Sunprincess * (9/27/2012 12:13:00 PM)

    a most beautiful poem Emily..thank you.. :) (Report) Reply

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  • June Walker June Walker (6/27/2012 6:36:00 AM)

    I love this poem. Simple direct profound. (Report) Reply

  • Amena MEHMOOD Amena MEHMOOD (4/22/2012 7:34:00 AM)

    It is said that intellegent people speak words that are simple, well understood, and a clean thought.... (Report) Reply

  • Muna Jafar (2/29/2012 6:11:00 AM)

    beautifull.....! ! !
    So simple but also so deep.... [3 (Report) Reply

  • David Gerardino David Gerardino (1/15/2012 11:14:00 AM)

    like the poem, very deep and short, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , (Report) Reply

  • Salema Khatun (1/9/2012 7:40:00 AM)

    this is a fantastic poem..i like it wholeheartedly....i enjoyed the poem reading it...readers can enjoy my two poems only...an idea of an idea (Report) Reply

  • Delce Lacbayo (1/5/2012 4:18:00 AM)

    it is very nice to read this kind of poems that make us inspire to not lose hope (Report) Reply

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

  • 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

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

    I love this poem so much! (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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










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