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Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson

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Gabrielle Moore

on 17 January 2014

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Transcript of Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson
Gabrielle Moore, Loren Toney, and Leah Yamini

What is Freedom?
Freedom is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. This birthright that we take for granted was something many humans in history fought and died for. The emotion that allowed them to carry on through protests, wars and revolutions was hope.
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.

Possible meanings of this poem...
A. The first meaning we got from the poem is that hope will be present to comfort you when you feel at your loneliest state
B. Another meaning we got from the poem is that hope is not far out of anyone's reach. Hope is a choice and it is obtainable
Connections to Emily Dickinson's life
Many of Dickinson's writings related to hope, success and freedom. Continuing with this trend, "Hope is the thing with feathers," speaks of hope from within and the act of obtaining it. Emily Dickinson shows her hope through writing, where in social expression she lacked. Because of this encouragement from those around her was hard to acquire she had faith in her abilities. Her father also disapproved of her literary interests, requiring Dickinson to pursue her writing career through her recurring theme hope.
Poetic Devices Found in the Poem
imagery: Line 3 is alluding to humming , Line 9 talks about the chillest land
personification: Describing hope with animal characteristics (stanza 1), Line 8 says that hope keeps people warm
metaphor: Comparing hope to a bird is a metaphor
rhyme scheme: Line 5&7, Line 10&12, and Line 6&8
citation; "Hope Is the Thing with Feathers."
Hope Is the Thing with Feathers
. N.p., 5 Feb. 2009. Web. 13 Jan. 2014.
Text to World Connections
When a country's people are dissatisfied with the actions of their governing power, it takes hope for the will of the people to prevail in order to spur a revolution.
Emily Dickinson explores the meaning of hope by likening the feeling to a bird that inspires all. She drew upon the hope she had inside of her in order to follow her passion for writing, defying the limits that society put on her because of her gender. In every situation, no matter how difficult, always remember that to hope in something you can choose to do, free of charge.
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