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"Hope" is the thing with feathers Analysis



Author: poem of Emily Dickinson Type: poem Views: 19


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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.

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I think this poem is very confusing and boring.:-)

| Posted on 2014-10-26 | by a guest


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I think this poem is very confusing and boring.:-)

| Posted on 2014-10-26 | by a guest


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I\'m on five doses of acid, and scootaloo is the best pony in the citadel.

| Posted on 2013-03-05 | by a guest


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haha yah that's hilarious. dont copy what i say. back off kid.
| Posted on 2013-01-22 | by a guest
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lolololol... the one below mine. ahaha whoever you are, that was pree funny.
| Posted on 2013-01-22 | by a guest
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lolololol... the one below mine. ahaha whoever you are, that was pree funny.
| Posted on 2013-01-22 | by a guest
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I believe this poem is about tits thank you very much.
| Posted on 2012-12-17 | by a guest
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"hope is the thing with feathers"- metaphor: hope is being compared to a bird, feathers: symbolizes insulation to the harsher realities
"without the words"- we cant put hope into words but we can feel its effect
"storm": symbolizes hardships
"that kept so many warm"- contant reasurrance
"chillest land & strangest sea"- most threatening and worst circumstances
"yet never in extremity it asked a crumb of me"- people don't realize that hope is always with them/ hope is our motivation, the bird stays with its owner and never asks for anything in return
themes- freedom, free will
surface level of the poem- its about the bird
deeper meaning- its about hope, using the bird as an example
the bird asks for nothing (last lines) is just like how hope is free
hope this somewhat helps :) w.t
| Posted on 2012-12-05 | by a guest
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hi im jasmine and this is my own opinion
In this poem, hope is described as a little bird: ˇ°the thing with feathersˇ± that lives in everyoneˇŻs heart: ˇ°that perches in the soulˇ±. The little bird never stops giving hope, no matter what circumstance a person is facing. Nothing can defeat the bird; nothing can put down a personˇŻs hope. The little bird is with its person so matter how difficult and traumatizing life can be, yet it asks nothing in return from its owner. This poem tells how important hope is. It is what keeps us going in hard times, and works its magic the strongest when a person needs it the most. Hope is the thing that tells us to fight whatever is thrown at us. It is natureˇŻs way of keeping us alive and moving during life threatening moments. ˇ°Yet, never, in extremity, it asked a crumb of meˇ± could mean that we donˇŻt usually realize that itˇŻs hope that keeps us going, it is always there to help us, but do not ask to be helped. This is a very philosophical view of hope, and is true to our everyday life.
| Posted on 2012-10-11 | by a guest
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The poem is trying to send us a message;
There will always be tough times. And when things seem like they can't get any worse, one hope -small or big- manages to hold through.
| Posted on 2012-03-10 | by a guest
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I think its a beautiful poem, very well surmised by the first guest. My analysis is just another variation, a second angle.
The poem begins with the hope being likened to a bird except that it is inside of us (ie. hope is a feeling). This metaphor continues with the bird. The bird sings a tune that has no words. Here hope is being described as something that we cannot put into words or understand, yet we can feel its effect. The tune is clearest in a light breeze; This means that our hope is strongest in serenity.
The storm (a metaphor for hardship) must be cruel because it challenges the bird. Especially when the bird is a small delicate creature and it brings joy/ comfort to people. Here the author refers to hardship as challenging our hope. This is almost ironic, since the author knows that a storm does not choose to be cruel. A question about life perhaps? about the indifference of suffering?
The bird/hope exists in the harshest conditions/difficulties (on land and sea) yet the bird/ hope never asks us of anything. Here we can compare between hope and other emotions. Hope gives us a desire to continue and it does not require effort. As opposed to anger which can cause damage to us or happiness which may need hard work.
Throughout, the underlying theme is freedom, and hope a representative of freedom.
-SM
| Posted on 2012-02-16 | by a guest
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| Posted on 2012-02-01 | by a guest
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Even in the hardest situation and difficulties hope is the only way that let someone to never give up....
bird is the symbol of freedom,so hope = free...
someone\'s hope started when he/she is in the womb of his/her mother...and never stops,it is endless,unless when someone dies
By Abel G.
| Posted on 2011-11-03 | by a guest
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Even in the hardest situation and difficulties hope is the only way that let someone to never give up....
bird is the symbol of freedom,so hope = free...
someone's hope started when he/she is in the womb of his/her mother...and never stops,it is endless,unless when someone dies.
BY Sevan Sh.
| Posted on 2011-06-05 | by a guest
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Even in the hardest situation and difficulties hope is the only way that let someone to never give up....
bird is the symbol of freedom,so hope = free...
someone's hope started when he/she is in the womb of his/her mother...and never stops,it is endless,unless when someone dies.
| Posted on 2011-06-05 | by a guest
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This poem is about how one creature cannot just be in one spot with another creature holding it hostage, it has to be let go and it might just come back. Like a bird migrating, it goes someplace for the summer and another for the winter. They cannot just be put into a cage and held as a prisoner they have a mind of their own and they need to live their lives like we have to live ours.
| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest
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this poem is saying that even though others may have little faith i will still believe even though it is hard for me to.
| Posted on 2011-05-17 | by a guest
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I think she's saying "Hope" is unforgiving. We go through hardships and get "sore" through the storm, but we will prevail and get through it all as long as we trust that things will get better. The feathers are wings. Wings to soar. To fly through our hard times and all. Things can be shit, but as long as we have hope, we can surpass all of the negative and rise above our potential to be a better person. And hope/bird will not judge us, but comfort and guide us along the way.
| Posted on 2011-05-14 | by a guest
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This Poem is a metaphor comparing our hope to a bird. The bird perches in our soul and sings continuously,like how hope lives in your soul and it is eternal. The bird sings in the hardest conditions,like in the storm. This is a comparison to how hope is there no matter how difficult our situation may be. The bird ask for nothing, like how hope is free.
| Posted on 2011-02-16 | by a guest
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In my point of veiw this poem is an aonest one that we should read it if we are soooo dispread and i fell that she tuoches my heart
so, thanks alot and i take of my hat for you Emily
;]
| Posted on 2011-01-08 | by a guest
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In my point of view, I see hope as the eager sound within us that keeps us yearning and wishing for something better. Hope rescues us from ourselves, form our fears, from our nightmares. It keeps us clinging into that imaginary rope, wishing, maybe, in time, someone or something would pull us out of the darkness, pull us out of the trouble we are in, offer us a loving hand, and a warm embrace!
Hope keeps us alive, for there is no life without hope, there is a saying in Arabic that says: “There’s no life with despair, there’s no despair with life”.
| Posted on 2010-12-21 | by a guest
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This poem is a plea by the poet for everyone to get a pet bird because birds have feathers and hope has feathers.
| Posted on 2010-12-16 | by a guest
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This poem means Whatever h

| Posted on 2013-02-06 | by a guest


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haha yah that\'s hilarious. dont copy what i say. back off kid.

| Posted on 2013-01-22 | by a guest


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lolololol... the one below mine. ahaha whoever you are, that was pree funny.

| Posted on 2013-01-22 | by a guest


.: :.

lolololol... the one below mine. ahaha whoever you are, that was pree funny.

| Posted on 2013-01-22 | by a guest


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I believe this poem is about tits thank you very much.

| Posted on 2012-12-17 | by a guest


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\"hope is the thing with feathers\"- metaphor: hope is being compared to a bird, feathers: symbolizes insulation to the harsher realities
\"without the words\"- we cant put hope into words but we can feel its effect
\"storm\": symbolizes hardships
\"that kept so many warm\"- contant reasurrance
\"chillest land & strangest sea\"- most threatening and worst circumstances
\"yet never in extremity it asked a crumb of me\"- people don\'t realize that hope is always with them/ hope is our motivation, the bird stays with its owner and never asks for anything in return
themes- freedom, free will
surface level of the poem- its about the bird
deeper meaning- its about hope, using the bird as an example
the bird asks for nothing (last lines) is just like how hope is free
hope this somewhat helps :) w.t

| Posted on 2012-12-05 | by a guest


.: :.

hi im jasmine and this is my own opinion
In this poem, hope is described as a little bird: ˇ°the thing with feathersˇ± that lives in everyoneˇŻs heart: ˇ°that perches in the soulˇ±. The little bird never stops giving hope, no matter what circumstance a person is facing. Nothing can defeat the bird; nothing can put down a personˇŻs hope. The little bird is with its person so matter how difficult and traumatizing life can be, yet it asks nothing in return from its owner. This poem tells how important hope is. It is what keeps us going in hard times, and works its magic the strongest when a person needs it the most. Hope is the thing that tells us to fight whatever is thrown at us. It is natureˇŻs way of keeping us alive and moving during life threatening moments. ˇ°Yet, never, in extremity, it asked a crumb of meˇ± could mean that we donˇŻt usually realize that itˇŻs hope that keeps us going, it is always there to help us, but do not ask to be helped. This is a very philosophical view of hope, and is true to our everyday life.

| Posted on 2012-10-11 | by a guest


.: :.

The poem is trying to send us a message;
There will always be tough times. And when things seem like they can\'t get any worse, one hope -small or big- manages to hold through.

| Posted on 2012-03-10 | by a guest


.: :.

I think its a beautiful poem, very well surmised by the first guest. My analysis is just another variation, a second angle.
The poem begins with the hope being likened to a bird except that it is inside of us (ie. hope is a feeling). This metaphor continues with the bird. The bird sings a tune that has no words. Here hope is being described as something that we cannot put into words or understand, yet we can feel its effect. The tune is clearest in a light breeze; This means that our hope is strongest in serenity.
The storm (a metaphor for hardship) must be cruel because it challenges the bird. Especially when the bird is a small delicate creature and it brings joy/ comfort to people. Here the author refers to hardship as challenging our hope. This is almost ironic, since the author knows that a storm does not choose to be cruel. A question about life perhaps? about the indifference of suffering?
The bird/hope exists in the harshest conditions/difficulties (on land and sea) yet the bird/ hope never asks us of anything. Here we can compare between hope and other emotions. Hope gives us a desire to continue and it does not require effort. As opposed to anger which can cause damage to us or happiness which may need hard work.
Throughout, the underlying theme is freedom, and hope a representative of freedom.
-SM

| Posted on 2012-02-16 | by a guest


.: :.

Some specialists argue that loan aid a lot of people to live the way they want, just because they are able to feel free to buy needed things. Furthermore, various banks present commercial loan for all people.

| Posted on 2012-02-01 | by a guest


.: :.

Even in the hardest situation and difficulties hope is the only way that let someone to never give up....
bird is the symbol of freedom,so hope = free...
someone's hope started when he/she is in the womb of his/her mother...and never stops,it is endless,unless when someone dies
By Abel G.

| Posted on 2011-11-03 | by a guest


.: :.

Even in the hardest situation and difficulties hope is the only way that let someone to never give up....
bird is the symbol of freedom,so hope = free...
someone\'s hope started when he/she is in the womb of his/her mother...and never stops,it is endless,unless when someone dies.
BY Sevan Sh.

| Posted on 2011-06-05 | by a guest


.: :.

Even in the hardest situation and difficulties hope is the only way that let someone to never give up....
bird is the symbol of freedom,so hope = free...
someone\'s hope started when he/she is in the womb of his/her mother...and never stops,it is endless,unless when someone dies.

| Posted on 2011-06-05 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem is about how one creature cannot just be in one spot with another creature holding it hostage, it has to be let go and it might just come back. Like a bird migrating, it goes someplace for the summer and another for the winter. They cannot just be put into a cage and held as a prisoner they have a mind of their own and they need to live their lives like we have to live ours.

| Posted on 2011-05-24 | by a guest


.: :.

this poem is saying that even though others may have little faith i will still believe even though it is hard for me to.

| Posted on 2011-05-17 | by a guest


.: :.

I think she\'s saying \"Hope\" is unforgiving. We go through hardships and get \"sore\" through the storm, but we will prevail and get through it all as long as we trust that things will get better. The feathers are wings. Wings to soar. To fly through our hard times and all. Things can be shit, but as long as we have hope, we can surpass all of the negative and rise above our potential to be a better person. And hope/bird will not judge us, but comfort and guide us along the way.

| Posted on 2011-05-14 | by a guest


.: :.

This Poem is a metaphor comparing our hope to a bird. The bird perches in our soul and sings continuously,like how hope lives in your soul and it is eternal. The bird sings in the hardest conditions,like in the storm. This is a comparison to how hope is there no matter how difficult our situation may be. The bird ask for nothing, like how hope is free.

| Posted on 2011-02-16 | by a guest


.: :.

In my point of veiw this poem is an aonest one that we should read it if we are soooo dispread and i fell that she tuoches my heart
so, thanks alot and i take of my hat for you Emily
;]

| Posted on 2011-01-08 | by a guest


.: :.

In my point of view, I see hope as the eager sound within us that keeps us yearning and wishing for something better. Hope rescues us from ourselves, form our fears, from our nightmares. It keeps us clinging into that imaginary rope, wishing, maybe, in time, someone or something would pull us out of the darkness, pull us out of the trouble we are in, offer us a loving hand, and a warm embrace!
Hope keeps us alive, for there is no life without hope, there is a saying in Arabic that says: “There’s no life with despair, there’s no despair with life”.

| Posted on 2010-12-21 | by a guest


.: :.

This poem is a plea by the poet for everyone to get a pet bird because birds have feathers and hope has feathers.

| Posted on 2010-12-16 | by a guest


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This poem means Whatever happens to your life like hardships and problems you should still have hope because it is only the thing that you have to fight with those hardships..
By: ZETH ANDERSON

| Posted on 2010-12-04 | by a guest


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this poem suggests that, we must hope in spite of hardships of life because this is the only weapon that we have to use to fight and to inspire as to stand again after the insurmountable heaps of failure..great!

| Posted on 2010-08-10 | by a guest


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hi im william and i rule the world
i think emily's poem is fantastic and i would like to thank the people for posting these things as i have used this for my project
best regards William.

| Posted on 2010-06-08 | by a guest


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this poem his dicribing about how important to have a bird.

| Posted on 2010-04-10 | by a guest


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this poem his dicribing about how important to have a bird.

| Posted on 2010-04-10 | by a guest


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If hope is the thing with feathers, does that also not mean that it can fly away--ie, the loss of hope?

| Posted on 2010-03-26 | by a guest


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This poem is meant to encourage people to be optimistic. I feel the best, most simplified way to say it is, "there is no loss in hope".

| Posted on 2010-03-05 | by a guest


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i feel this poem is shows how she felt of live and how she defined hope. The bird stands as a metaphor because hope is a fluffy friendly feeling in all of us that brings out that no matter what happens we can keep moving forward we all have hope, that Haiti will soon be safe, that our economy will soon get better, that some day someone will make a change.

| Posted on 2010-02-22 | by a guest


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I am wondering though, is there a name for the structure of this poem?

| Posted on 2010-01-18 | by a guest


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This Poem shows great emotions and feeling...beautifull stanza structure!!!!

| Posted on 2010-01-06 | by a guest


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This poem is meant to up;ift our souls and bring out the optimistic-glass half full side out in us.

| Posted on 2009-11-12 | by a guest


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This is the only poem of hers that does not stress the mental anguish of the poet. The only one. You can disagree. Great use of metaphors much like the feathers on a bird hope insulates us from some of the harsher realities of life! suggests hope is universal when talks about birds song without words hope is common to all people and all times... Louise

| Posted on 2009-09-28 | by a guest


.: ah interesting :.

I interperted the poem more as a reference. The hope can stand through much more hardship than the people themselves, but hope doesn't react as the way a bird would. A bird would sink into a slump, or fly from the complication, whereas hope would continue to be precious, reasuring the being and coaching its continuation.

| Posted on 2008-03-10 | by a guest


.: ah interesting :.

I interperted the poem more as a reference. The hope can stand through much more hardship than the people themselves, but hope doesn't react as the way a bird would. A bird would sink into a slump, or fly from the complication, whereas hope would continue to be precious, reasuring the being and coaching its continuation.

| Posted on 2008-03-10 | by a guest


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Dickinson defines hope with a metaphor, comparing it to a bird. Dickinson introduces her metaphor in the first two lines, “Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul.” Throughout the entire poem, this metaphor develops through Dickinson’s comparison of characteristics between hope and a bird, whatever is being said of the bird applies to hope, and the application to hope is Dickinson's point in this poem. It is obvious that a bird “sings the tune,” but Emily’s version of a bird, “sings a tune—without the words, and never stops at all.” In the soul where this bird has perched on, sings wordlessly and without pause. Like the bird, hope comes from one’s soul, and “never stops at all,” meaning that an individual does not stop hoping. Like the tune without words, hope also is not a matter of words. It is a feeling about the future both of desire and expectation.
The development of this metaphor continues as Dickinson describes how the bird reacts to hardships. A storm must be impossibly brutal to “abash the little bird.” The bird continues to survive as it can be found everywhere. The “chillest land” to the “strangest sea,” symbolizes hope’s presence under the worst and most threatening circumstances.
Hope reacts in the same way. For hope to be “abashed,” “sore must be the storm,” or fatal must be the hardship. “That kept so many warm” is an appropriate characteristic of hope and a bird. Similar to a bird’s constant and comforting melodies, hope’s constant reassurance “has kept so many warm” in times of hardships.


| Posted on 2007-02-28 | by a guest


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Dickinson defines hope with a metaphor, comparing it to a bird. Dickinson introduces her metaphor in the first two lines, “Hope is the thing with feathers/That perches in the soul.” Throughout the entire poem, this metaphor develops through Dickinson’s comparison of characteristics between hope and a bird, whatever is being said of the bird applies to hope, and the application to hope is Dickinson's point in this poem. It is obvious that a bird “sings the tune,” but Emily’s version of a bird, “sings a tune—without the words, and never stops at all.” In the soul where this bird has perched on, sings wordlessly and without pause. Like the bird, hope comes from one’s soul, and “never stops at all,” meaning that an individual does not stop hoping. Like the tune without words, hope also is not a matter of words. It is a feeling about the future both of desire and expectation.
The development of this metaphor continues as Dickinson describes how the bird reacts to hardships. A storm must be impossibly brutal to “abash the little bird.” The bird continues to survive as it can be found everywhere. The “chillest land” to the “strangest sea,” symbolizes hope’s presence under the worst and most threatening circumstances.
Hope reacts in the same way. For hope to be “abashed,” “sore must be the storm,” or fatal must be the hardship. “That kept so many warm” is an appropriate characteristic of hope and a bird. Similar to a bird’s constant and comforting melodies, hope’s constant reassurance “has kept so many warm” in times of hardships.


| Posted on 2007-02-28 | by a guest




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