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

  • (9/6/2018 10:18:00 AM)


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  • Butch Decatoria (8/2/2018 12:01:00 AM)


    It a lovely free verse Emily wrote probably before her husband started beating her, all alone out in his woods... hope has feathers and perches itself in the soul—she seems to long for something... (Report) Reply

    (8/17/2018 5:28:00 AM)

    She never married and was a recluse.

  • (7/12/2018 10:23:00 AM)


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  • (6/26/2018 3:30:00 AM)


    Four stanza please (Report) Reply

  • (6/25/2018 11:25:00 AM)


    But it isn't a sonnet, not having 14 lines. Is it? (Report) Reply

  • Jez Brul (6/19/2018 3:43:00 AM)


    a mesmerizing sonnet...and endless treasure.. (Report) Reply

  • (6/12/2018 5:44:00 AM)


    Add a comment.thanks (Report) Reply

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  • Cliff Phiri (6/7/2018 4:00:00 AM)


    Love this (Report) Reply

  • (5/30/2018 3:10:00 PM)


    So, deeply moving. Found a home in my heart, only one feather not even a bird. Practically scripture. (Report) Reply

  • Britte Ninad (5/22/2018 4:21:00 AM)


    wow loveliest sonnet-

    Hope' is the thing with feathers—
    That perches in the soul—
    And sings the tune without the words—
    And never stops—at all—


    yeah hope is the next step of living breath
    (Report) Reply

  • (5/12/2018 7:20:00 PM)


    Awsome peom l heard (Report) Reply

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/23/2018 10:39:00 PM)


    Hope is what carries on. Heart catching lines. Wow. (Report) Reply

  • (4/21/2018 9:37:00 AM)


    An absolutely marvelously inspirational poem with a universal message (Report) Reply

  • Sylvaonyema Uba (4/20/2018 11:26:00 PM)


    Hope is the thing with feathers.

    Nicely written

    SylvaOnyema Uba
    (Report) Reply

  • Narayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/20/2018 1:07:00 PM)


    Great poem which leaves the hope behind (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2018 7:30:00 AM)


    really great poem has meaning and strong feelings. (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2018 7:29:00 AM)


    Really great poems. Has lots of meaning and strong feelings (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 15, 2015


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