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"Hope" Is The Thing With Feathers

Emily Dickinson
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Max Prykhodko

on 8 March 2011

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Emily Dickinson "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. Hope is the thing with feathers "Hope" is represented by a bird (with feathers). That perches in the soul, Birds perch on a branch. Hope is like a bird that perches in the branch of the soul. And sings the tune- without the words, Birds sing (chirp) songs, and hope also sings but without words. And never stops at all, Hope never dies. And sweetest in the gale is heard; Through the winds the bird's songs are heard. Hope is still heard through the severe winds. Gale - A very strong wind. And sore must be the storm Sore - Annoyed, irritated, offended. And the storm must be angry and furious. That could abash the little bird That could hurt the bird (The Storm). Abash - To destroy the self-confidence. That kept so many warm. The bird that kept so many people warm and secure and hopeful. I've heard it in the chillest land, I've had hope even in the coldest and dark times. And on the strangest sea; I've heard it in strange, worst circumstances. Yet, never, in extremity, Extremity - The extreme terminal point. Yet, never in extreme dark times. It asked a crumb of me. It never asked anything from me. Subject Of Poem: Hope Speaker Of Poem: First Person (Emily Dickenson) Situation Of Poem: Hope is a "thing" because it's a feeling; the feeling is compared to a bird. The poem is defining hope, it states that hope never dies and never asks anything in return and is always there. In this poem, hope is compared to a bird. Theme Of Poem: The major theme of this poem is that in the heart, hope endures, defeating despair despite overwhelming circumstances. Hope "perches" in our soul, ever present. It prevails even when we are faced with difficult situations in life. Hope will always be there. Author's Style:

Uses metaphors; Bird = Hope. Line 1: Hope is thing with feathers.

Use of diction; Line 5: Gale Line 7: Abash. Line 11: Extremity.

Tone of author; Optimistic, hopeful. Line 1: Hope is the thing with feathers. Line 4: And never stops at all, Line 8: That kept so many warm. These techniques help show the meaning of the poem by the fact that it helps to get her point across to the audience and emphasize that hope is always there, but most people don't do anything to appreciate it or repay it. Emily Dickenson uses metaphors to emphasize that hope is a bird. She uses diction to show her feelings and thoughts in a more elegant manner. She uses tone to try and show a mood that relates to the poem, what she thinks and what she believes. Questions To Ponder

What does hope want in return?
When is hope there?
Where is hope?
What is hope being compared to? How this poem relates to a modern-day high school student.

In our highschool career, we are faced with many challenging obstacles. Many of them include homework, projects, quizzes, tests, and even getting into college. This poem relates to us as modern-day high school student because we have to overcome many challenges and ordeals in school. Yet even though we have these tremendous challenges, we still must have hope for the best. We still must hope for a future, and success. Even when times are dark and stressful, and you feel like giving up and quitting, we must still have hope in our hearts to go on. Hope is all that we have left when everything else is gone.
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