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

  • 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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  • Rookie - 29 Points Robert Howard (11/9/2006 7:51:00 AM)

    I don't sense sadness here at all. I read it to say that hope gives in time of trial and never asks anything of the recipients. Mostly I just marvel at Emily's remarkably fresh use of the the English language and her unfailing perfection of rhythm. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gary Witt (9/26/2006 11:47:00 AM)

    'There is no despair so absolute as that which comes with the first moments of our first great sorrow, when we have not yet known what it is to have suffered and be healed, to have despaired and have recovered hope.' -George Eliot,1819-1880. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ruby Root (8/23/2006 8:34:00 PM)

    The feeling I got from reading this poem that hope was in her soul but the pain crushed her hope. I just felt sadness, reading this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Brian Dorn (7/20/2006 9:38:00 PM)

    Interesting how Dickinson can take something so intangable and make you feel like you can reach out and touch it. A brilliant tribute to that inner quality which, when all else fails, it's all that we have left. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 986 Points Uriah Hamilton (7/12/2005 12:32:00 PM)

    Hope in this case is a meaningful poem! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 3 Points J P Klegg (7/3/2005 1:57:00 PM)

    All this time I thought ED was more contemporary.1886? ? I wish I had some hope. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Debra Prigg (11/26/2004 1:15:00 PM)

    I chose this poem for my Grandmother's funeral eulogy, she was a special lady who brought much love and care to her family. Thanks for letting use this web site to locate the perfect words. (Report) Reply

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