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—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me.

Topic(s) of this poem: hope

Form: Sonnet


Comments about Hope Is The Thing With Feathers by Emily Dickinson

  • (6/9/2017 8:32:00 AM)


    when do we stop reading in heaven or hell? for us to continually cherish the earth is to keep the hope of reading alive (Report) Reply

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  • Beryl Jacob (5/1/2017 11:51:00 AM)


    nice poem.i like it.it is good (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/23/2017 4:15:00 AM)


    True. Beautiful poem.............. (Report) Reply

  • Oratile Diratsagae (4/14/2017 11:55:00 PM)


    this is so good. peace (Report) Reply

  • Upendra Majhi (4/5/2017 1:03:00 AM)


    She is comparing hope with a bird.Hope provides us with required zest for life.Hope, like bird song, is non-verbal,
    even non-verbal reasoning(in tune) .Have hope, have confidence, victory will be yours. Good personnel counselling, It never stops singing.Never stop hoping, a good counsel.Hope perches in the soul, she says. More disadvantageous is the life situation, gale and strom for the bird, sweetest sing th e hope-bird.she says.But never demands anything in return. One can keep on hoping without spending time, energy and money.
    It is good advice.For rich people life is sometimes disadvantageous.For poor, it becomes irreversibly bad and hope against hope.
    (Report) Reply

  • Sylva-onyema Uba (2/8/2017 8:15:00 AM)


    Hope... Good piece of poetry. Well done! Sylva. (Report) Reply

  • Malcolm Two (1/26/2017 9:17:00 AM)


    Nice poem, thanks for sharing so much (Report) Reply

  • Neptune Barman (1/22/2017 7:06:00 AM)


    beautiful poem...love your writing (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (12/31/2016 12:16:00 PM)

    tom allport
    let's hope never goes away (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2016 6:28:00 AM)


    Hope in its extremities never asks anything of us - except that we 'hope'. Beautifully written poem with the traditional quatrain [abab] rhyme. (Report) Reply

  • (12/10/2016 5:03:00 AM)

    Really beautiful poetry
    WOWWWW well said :) (Report) Reply

  • Lesiba Mphahlele (11/1/2016 3:08:00 PM)

    She is a deep poet
    This poem is just a few of the poems I get to read of her, but I already love her craft. (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (10/20/2016 9:37:00 AM)


    How lovely the poet has crafted it.. a hopeful mind we should have but never in extremity....true..like this poem a lot- 10 (Report) Reply

  • (9/15/2016 6:45:00 AM)


    Add a comment. This poem is succintly gracious. a dear soaring reality! (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (8/27/2016 6:17:00 AM)


    A wonderful poem of hope.....inspiring and moving! (Report) Reply

  • (7/2/2016 7:19:00 PM)


    She wrote a energetic poetry. I just read her 2 poems but i feel the poems are best of all times. Thanks for make me stronger. I have biggest hope for living life. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (6/26/2016 5:04:00 PM)


    Inspiring n profound. Nicely written.Thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2016 7:54:00 PM)


    NEVER ADD DASHES... Because the AUTO-READER says DASH in mid prose, every every single time you inserted it! RUINING THE POETRY FOR THE BLIND patrons of the ARTS! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • (6/9/2016 7:51:00 PM)


    NEVER ADD DASHES... Because the AUTO READ says DASH in mid prose, every line you inserted into! SHOCKING IT FOR THE BLIND PAROLE OF THE ARTS! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Folorunso Oladipo Daniel (6/1/2016 4:00:00 PM)


    the metaphor being used as its title has given us the message of the poem. It is a wonderful poem (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 15, 2015


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