Treasure Island

Emily Dickinson

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

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"Hope" is the thing with feathers


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"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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • N. K. (7/25/2014 10:37:00 AM)

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

  • * 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

  • Angelina Holmes (4/13/2014 10:00:00 AM)

    This is my absolute favorite poem! Dickinson always uses the dash in such a musical manner, and her poetry always has such lovely layers of meaning! Beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Hanes (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... (Report) Reply

  • 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 (Report) Reply

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