Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

'Hope' is the thing with feathers


'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.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003
Edited: Saturday, December 20, 2014

Topic of this poem: hope

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Hallie Gee (2/24/2015 11:31:00 AM)

    I love this poem! It is so eloquent, and yet so simple. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 25 Points Jinal Oswal (1/19/2015 2:28:00 AM)

    Hope- a secret wish of what we want. Wonderful poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 148 Points Lakshmi S Bose (1/12/2015 12:56:00 AM)

    nice poem about hope (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,877 Points Nishi Kumari (1/1/2015 7:43:00 AM)

    hope is the inspiration in the heart which keeps it beating even when the body dies..... (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 1,877 Points Nishi Kumari (1/1/2015 7:43:00 AM)

    hope is the inspiration in the heart which keeps it beating even when the body dies..... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 415 Points Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (12/4/2014 11:20:00 AM)

    Hope is much more than that
    A thing with feathers that flies
    When the going gets dismal and rough
    It becomes our guiding star of dark skies........ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 39 Points Takondwa Hauya (11/14/2014 12:25:00 AM)

    My favourite poem of all times... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 60 Points Sharvali Shinde (11/3/2014 8:33:00 AM)

    Yep, our hopes should be like nails & hairs.....no matter how many times they get cut......they don't stop growing! ! ! ! They provide great insight to do, to be something in life. Really a wonderful write........... :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Emina Kemem (10/19/2014 10:35:00 PM)

    I truly love this poem and it makes me move.... it inspires me (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 674 Points Giorgio Veneto (9/17/2014 5:19:00 PM)

    The poetess composes a Quatorzain here -one of her favored metrical forms- because she combines each two consecutive lines to one. For example - And sings the tune without the words -
    And never stops - at all - A beautiful Iambic heptameter - Quatorzain - for the experienced reader. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 674 Points Giorgio Veneto (9/17/2014 5:18:00 PM)

    The poetess composes a Quatorzain here -one of her favored metrical forms- because she combines each two consecutive lines to one. For example - And sings the tune without the words—
    And never stops—at all— A beautiful Iambic heptameter - Quatorzain - for the experienced reader. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 5,019 Points Jayatissa K. Liyanage (9/1/2014 7:24:00 AM)

    Life, where ever it goes carries along opes. Yet it does no ask even a crumb in return! Inspiring poem. Wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,728 Points Points Of View (8/31/2014 9:18:00 PM)

    NICE ONE..continue hoping while its free (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 432 Points Mokhtari Houssam Eddine (8/31/2014 3:50:00 PM)

    L'espoir fait vivre I enjoyed reading this lovely poem :)) (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 2,853 Points Abekah Emmanuel (8/23/2014 6:47:00 PM)

    A very powerful theme elaborated by a great poetess....so unique in style....great job! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie N. K. (7/25/2014 10:37:00 AM)

    A beautiful and inspiring poem, written by a talented and inspiring poet. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 21,206 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (7/8/2014 9:46:00 AM)

    Most beautifully made a poem by the great poet and liked it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 10,456 Points * Sunprincess * (4/27/2014 8:35:00 PM)

    .........so beautifully this poetess describes hope....and yes Emily is one of my favourite poetess, the other two are valerie and valsa....with these three poetess you cannot go wrong... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:26:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 58 Points Brian Jani (4/25/2014 5:25:00 PM)

    Awesome I like this poem (Report) Reply

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