mily Dickinson's "Hope is the Thing With Feathers," is the VI part of a much larger poem called "Life." The poem examines the abstract idea of hope in the free spirit of a bird. Dickinson uses imagery, metaphor, to help describe why "Hope is the Thing With Feathers."
In the first stanza, "Hope is the Thing With Feathers," Dickinson uses the metaphorical image of a bird to describe the abstract idea of hope. Hope, of course, is not an animate thing, it is inanimate, but by giving hope feathers, she begins to create an image hope in our minds. The imagery of feathers conjures up hope in itself. Feathers represent hope because feathers enable you to fly and offer the image of flying away to a new hope, a new beginning. In contrast, broken feathers or a broken wing grounds a person, and conjures up the image of needy person who has been beaten down by life. Their wings have been broken and they no longer have the power to hope.
In the second stanza, "That perches in the soul," Dickinson continues to use the imagery of a bird to describe hope. Hope, she is implying, perches or roosts in our soul. The soul is the home for hope. It can also be seen as a metaphor. Hope rests in our soul the way a bird rests on its perch.
In the third and fourth stanzas,
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.
Dickinson uses the imagery of a bird's continuous song to represent eternal hope. Birds never stop singing their song of hope. The fifth stanza "And sweetest in the gale is heard" describes the bird's song of hope as sweetest in the wind. It conjures up images of a bird's song of hope whistling above the sound of gale force winds and offering the promise that soon the storm will end.
Dickinson uses the next three lines to metaphorically describe what a person who destroys hope feels like.
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
A person who destroys hope with a storm of anger and...
...“Hope” is the thing with feathers
by Emily Dickinson
“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
Dickinson defines hope by comparing it to a bird (a metaphor) .
Hope is a "thing" because it is a feeling; the thing/feeling is like a bird. Dickinson uses the standard dictionary format for a definition; first she places the word in a general category ("thing"), and then she differentiates it from everything else in that category. For instance, the definition of a cat would run something like this: a cat is a mammal (the first part of the definition places it in a category); the rest of the definition would be "which is nocturnal, fur-bearing, hunts at night, has pointed ears, etc. (the second part of the definition differentiates the cat from other all mammals).
How would hope "perch," and why does it perch in the soul? As you read this poem, keep in mind that the subject is hope and that the bird metaphor is only defining hope. Whatever...
...“Hope is the Thing with Feathers”
In the poem “Hope is the thing with feathers” by Emily Dickinson the contrast between the struggles, or darkness in life, and the hope that brings people through those struggles is the main focus. Hope is a feeling; it is a desire that drives people through even the most nightmarish situations. It is the expectation that everything will be okay, to trust there is a possibility for a brighter outcome. Having hope is to dream and have the courage to believe this outcome is possible. Hope is the faith in powers beyond one’s control. Without hope people would simply give up when faced with struggle. Dickinson awes at hope and what it can do. In the poem hope is shown as an animate thing, a bird. The imagery of hope being a bird with feathers gives the reader an image that hope can take flight (Pottebaum). This flight can take or lift a person from the burdens they face in life (Pottebaum). The world or people are projected as the soul, both as collective and as individual (Brantley). These simplistic metaphors bring this short but direct tone to a meaningful message that hope lives and abides in all of us.
In later years Emily Dickinson lived a somewhat isolated existence in regards to the...
...Emily Dickinson might be called an artisan, since most of her poems have fewer than thirty lines, yet she deals with the most deep topics in poetry: death, love, and humanity’s relations to God and nature. Her poetry not only impresses by its on going freshness but also the animation. Her use of language and approachness of her subjects in unique ways, might attribute to why “Hope is the thing with feathers” is one of her most famous works.
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts on December 10, 1830. Born to Edward Dickinson and Emily Norcross Dickinson, she was the second of three children. Her brother was named Austin, and her sister was named Lavina. Her father, Edward, was a Whig lawyer, who served as treasurer of Amherst College. He was also elected to one term in Congress. Up until Dickinson was ten, she lived in a mansion, built by her grandfather. She often was seen as frail by her parents; therefore, kept home from school. The religious faith that resided in the Dickinson household was one called evangelical Calvinism. Evangelical Calvinism is a belief that humans are born totally depraved and can be saved only if they undergo a life-altering conversion, in which they accept the vicarious sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Habegger n.p.). Neither Emily nor Lavina married; however, when Austin married, him and his wife lived next door to his parents. Emily Dickinson excelled in subjects such as...
...Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune--without the words,
And never stops at all,
The language present in Emily Dickinson’s poetry is at times unclear, sometimes ungrammatical and can be found to be disjunctive. Dickinson wrote in distinct brevity, irregular grammar, peculiar punctuation and hand picked diction. Her poems were written in a circular manner, where she took the reader to one place and them swept them back to the beginning always relating one metaphor to the next. Dickinson was an intimate person throughout her life, and her poems reflect that lifestyle. Like her poems, she was never quite figured out. Dickinson wrote not for the audience to understand but for her own self expression by writing down the words as they came to her, with little regard to the conventional syntax or diction. In this poem Dickinson coveys a metaphorical description of hope through simple language to explain a complex idea present in everyone’s life.
Dickinson’s poem “Hope” was written in both simple syntax and diction, but backed up with a strong meaning. Though the word order and punctuation are somewhat strange, the actual words are easy to understand on their own. However, what makes them interesting is how they relate to one another and how they play an important factor to the overall theme of hope. Throughout the poem the words chosen are those...
By Emily Dickinson
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-.
Yes, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb - of Me.
...Hope is the thing with feathers
By: Emily Dickinson
In her poem, Emily Dickinson communicates that hope is like a bird because of its free and independent spirit. Hope is similar to a bird in its ability to bring comfort and consolation. Dickinson uses techniques such as extended metaphor and imagery to describe hope throughout her poem.
The poem is introduced with, “Hope is thething with feathers.” Dickinson’s use of the word “thing” denotes that hope is something abstract and vague. By identifying hope as a thing, Dickinson gives an intangible concept characteristics of a concrete object. The opening line of this poem also sets up the extended metaphor of comparing hope to a bird in the word “feathers.” “Feathers represent hope, because feathers offer the image of flying away to a new hope and a new beginning.” (Omitted author, 1)
Line two of Dickinson’s poem further broadens the metaphor by giving hope delicate and sweet characteristics in the word “perches.” Dickinson’s choice of the word also suggests that, like a bird, hope is planning to stay. “Hope rests in our soul the way a bird rests on its perch.” (Omitted author, 1) The next line continues with...
...Hope is the Thing with Feathers
In Emily Dickenson’s poem, Hope, she uses poetic device’s to describe hope as being like a bird. Birds are usually symbolized as being courageous and having a free soul to roam the skies. Therefore to compare hope to being like a bird was a wise choice for Dickenson because those who choose to be hopeful will have a necessity to have courage deep within them. Dickenson begins her poem with this vague statement that “Hope is the thing with feathers” (line 1). She refers to feathers as being like the feathers of a bird. As she continues on the second line, she states that the bird “perches in the soul” (line 2). This could best be explained that just as a bird rests upon a perch, hope can as well rest or perch deep in the soul. Dickenson uses imagery of the bird to show how hope can be perceived by the naked eye. In lines three through four, the bird “sings the tune-without the words/ and never stops at all” (line 3-4). These lines explain that even though the human eye may not be able to see hope in a physical aspect, they can sure believe that it is there and that feeling hope is indeed possible. One can never stop hoping and never the less, living a life without hope would inevitably be difficult.
...do you know what you are seeking?
Yes, of course. The most important thing you should do is first find yourself, and when you do this you can joy your life.
Now I think I'm enjoying all what I do, and also there are some times when I just want to leave everything and stay alone but that’s why I always remember what is my purpose in my life, and if you don’t have one, it’s time to find your way.
2. If you have found the joy in your life, what is it?
First what gives me joy and sense to my life is my family because I know I can trust in all of them: my two sisters, my mother and father. They give me support and they are my real and unique confident.
So with all of this values I have learnt from them, I know my life is in my hands and that’s why the joy in my life depends only on me.
3. For what or whom do you live?
I live to be someone different in this world, I live for my family who is my complement but especially I live for my own self, to improve and to meet my goals.
And one of my principal goals is being a professional sociology, and with my career makes the world a better place, like the song says.
4. Since we don’t have the power to live life over and do it all differently, what things would you change today if you could, in order to end up where you want to be in life?
I think with each experience in our lives we learn something different. Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen to us, but at the...