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

  • (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
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  • (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
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  • 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

  • (4/2/2018 1:19:00 PM)


    Stop the “and dash“. Just pause and read on. Totally wreaked the poem. Lost all flow. Awful. (Report) Reply

  • (3/27/2018 5:54:00 PM)


    Who knew............................................. (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (3/7/2018 11:11:00 PM)


    Howsoever wretched be the circumstances, it is the hope that keeps one moving and trying. I strengthens the resolve as well as motivates. Great piece of lyrical poetry. Does it demand anything in return?
    Yet, never, in Extremity,
    It asked a crumb—of Me.
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  • (3/7/2018 9:45:00 PM)


    We all need hope. A wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (3/7/2018 9:05:00 PM)


    Where ever the soul is, hope is what keeps it driving. Thanks for the nicely written poem. (Report) Reply

  • Affiah Odhiambo (3/7/2018 6:56:00 PM)


    lovely piece.we; ve got to keep hope alive all day everyday! (Report) Reply

  • Is It Poetry James Mclain (3/7/2018 6:34:00 PM)


    She's talking about herself.. James McLain (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (3/7/2018 3:06:00 PM)


    And never stops! Hope! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Raynolds Moseamedi (3/7/2018 12:04:00 PM)


    nice poem, enjoyed reading it...beautiful writting (Report) Reply

  • Bipasha D (3/7/2018 9:33:00 AM)


    Hope so beautifully defined. This poem is one of my favorites. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (3/7/2018 7:39:00 AM)


    Much anthologized, I’ve read this poem before. (And E.D. is a favorite poet of mine.) This time I appreciate its extended metaphor, including the last line which has a bit of surprise in it for me. -GK (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, September 15, 2015


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