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

  • (1/20/2014 1:49:00 PM)

    one of my favorite poems, truly inspiring (Report) Reply

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  • Lily Dartford (12/9/2013 5:21:00 PM)

    These feathers, that
    are treated as life
    Must be protected,
    from war and strife...

    To a poet, whoever is reading this/I wish you read my poems for entertainment and bliss...
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  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/6/2013 4:55:00 AM)

    And those things with such feathers
    Are being shot every day
    In a world torn by war to shreds
    Such birds have no longer nests to stay.........

    To all poets reading this, I welcome you to my page for your esteemed comments on my poems
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  • (10/15/2013 1:05:00 PM)

    Beautiful. She was certainly a poetic genius. (Report) Reply

  • Diamond Snow (7/16/2013 6:26:00 PM)

    Love it i learnt a lot from it (Report) Reply

  • Diamond Snow (7/16/2013 5:59:00 PM)

    So beautiful and honest (Report) Reply

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  • (5/25/2013 3:07:00 PM)

    This poetry is divided into 3 stanzas and each stanza consists of 4 lines. The first stanza, talks about what hope really is,
    Here is the first and second line:
    “Hope” is a thing with feather
    That perches in the soul”
    The first line is described by the writer as a thing with feather. Readers will start to think and guess what kind of the thing that the writer means. Is it bird? What kind of bird that the writer wanted to convey us? Feather is symbolized gentle, warm, fragile, soft.
    And the second line to let the readers know what a thing with feather does, it perches. And we can know that hope comes out from our soul, not from our brain. Because our brain usually thinks logically and in an impossible way. But soul will encourage us, to make what impossible turns to possible. To keep the spirit burns on all the time.
    The third and fourth line talks about what hope’s role in our soul.
    “And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops- at all”
    The third line is so clear to let readers knew that what the thing-with feather is a bird, because only birds can sing.
    The fourth line tell us, that the hope will keep remaining in our soul, and never stop encouraging us of what we should do.
    The second stanza talks about how hard the things we face, a hope will keep us strong.
    Below is the first and second line of the second stanza,
    “And sweetest-in the gale- is heard
    And sore must be the storm, ”
    From these two lines of the second stanza, the writer tries his best to let the reader knows that no matter how big our problems are, our hope is biggest than our problems. It stands steadily to face our problems, to teach us to fight against our problems, never give up, and a hope will give us a secret whisper: “all things are possible, try again and never stop believing”
    You won’t know what happiness really means, before you experiences what sadness is.
    The writer use a repetition of meaning, gale and storm are the same meaning
    The third and fourth line,
    ‘That could abash the little Bird,
    That kept so many warm.”
    The writer illustrates a hope is like a little bird that can sing all day long no matter how hard the pain that it bears. And every sound of the hope makes us strong, stronger and strongest. To keep us warm.
    Now, we have reached the last stanza, this stanza talks more about the universe, universe usually describe in a very negative way.
    “I’ve heard it in the chilliest land-
    And on the strangest Sea-“

    We once are in the hard situation and feeling lonely, no one by our side and we feel like we are stranger to everyone. Fear covers us and makes us stuck, can’t move forward and even go back.
    These are two last lines on the last stanza:
    “Yet, never, in Extremity
    It asked a crumb – of Me”

    The writer emphasizes to the readers that a hope is a freely-gifted. We no need to pay-even a crumb of us- to get a hope.Different from desire, desire needs a scarification, you have to pay amount of money to fulfill it.

    As a conclusion, we can know that Emily Dickinson was a very great poet on his era. He was a capable to arrange the word into a sweet line, Emily was brilliant so that he can describe a hope only in 3 stanzas, the stanzas itself contains simple word, but it really have a might power. Dickinson’s poetry teaches us to always have a hope, even the things getting worse.
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    Nonsikelelo Oluhle Blessing Ngcongo Nonsikelelo Oluhle Blessing Ngcongo (6/19/2014 7:24:00 AM)

    wow Emily is a very excellent writer, for us as youth and still trying to make our writting as best as Emilys' we need people who will make us understand important things in life based on things we see and feel in our daily lives and also write about those important things we have learnt.i also wrote a poem about how hope can make you do things you thought you could never be able to do, and how it can give you strenght to overcome barriers in life, but the hope i was referring to was a person who gives me hope to wake-up in the morning and look forward to start a new chapter of my life even though i feel like i have nothing to live for.Emily inspires me alot i love this poem it realy touches my heart.

  • (9/27/2012 12:13:00 PM)

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

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

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

  • 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

  • (2/29/2012 6:11:00 AM)

    beautifull.....! ! !
    So simple but also so deep.... [3
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  • David Gerardino (1/15/2012 11:14:00 AM)

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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (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

  • (12/19/2011 4:53:00 AM)

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

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  • (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

  • (8/18/2011 4:05:00 PM)

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

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