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Analysis and comments on "Hope" is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 30 of 40, added on December 4th, 2009 at 3:26 PM.

hope = oral sex

Tituba from Barbados
Comment 29 of 40, added on December 2nd, 2009 at 1:07 PM.

me parecio muy hermoso el poema y es uno de mis favoritos.

alejandro from Argentina
Comment 28 of 40, added on August 5th, 2008 at 1:31 PM.

What year did Emily write this poem? I just wonder how she felt at the time
she was writing it.

tammy from United States
Comment 27 of 40, added on April 1st, 2008 at 2:08 PM.

Emily Dickinson’s Poem 254 relates to an individual’s own personal sense of
hope, which is metaphorically used as a bird. The “bird” is characterized
as having feathers and perching in the soul; its tune is “without words,”
which attributes to the fact that hope is essentially personal to each and
every individual and no one’s sense of hope is similar to that of another.
“And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—“ is a strong juxtaposition of images
presented by the speaker. The speaker says that hope is “sweetest,”
meaning that one’s hope is positive and uplifting, even through adversity
such as “in the Gale.” However, the choice of using the word “Gale” is
particularly interesting because of the play on words of the name Gail,
which is a Hebrew name for “joy.” While “sweetest” and “joy” are very
similar adjectives and images, “sweetest” and “forceful winds” do not
seemingly complement each other, thus introducing a rich, contrasting
image. The loyalty of hope makes it so seemingly nourishing and beneficial
to its host; yet, it is still perceived to be “small” since it is perched
within one’s soul. However, it is arguable that one takes something so
important for granted, and hope’s presence may appear to be small but, in
actuality, is foundationally crucial.

Comment 26 of 40, added on March 31st, 2008 at 3:36 PM.

I believe the meaning of this poem is that hope never fails. Hope's
survival is personified through a bird. Like the bird, hope comes from a
person's soul, and "never stops at all," meaning that a person doesn't stop
hoping. The bird continues to survive after the storm. When the speaker
states, "I've heard it in the chillest land/And on the strangest sea" it
symbolizes the survival of hope under horrible circumstances. The last two
lines suggest that hope can even survive without a person's help, just as
birds do. "Yet, never, in Extremity/It asked a crumb - of me."

Courtney from United States
Comment 25 of 40, added on April 4th, 2007 at 10:15 PM.

I have always been a fan but this poem has gotten me thru the darkest
moments of my life. I am thankful that it was written.

Comment 24 of 40, added on December 28th, 2006 at 3:34 PM.

This poem is by far one of Emilys best works. Its my favorite poem of all

kimberlie from United States
Comment 23 of 40, added on April 27th, 2006 at 6:25 PM.

This is one of my favorite poems of all time.
It's truely beautiful.

Emily from United States
Comment 22 of 40, added on February 28th, 2006 at 8:04 PM.

can u analyze what this poem mean in essay form

erika from United States
Comment 21 of 40, added on February 15th, 2006 at 3:21 PM.

This poem shows the true beuty of language, the essence of Hope. Brilliant

Frank Wang from China

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 254. "Hope" is the thing with feathers
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Jan 19 2004

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