Hope is the Thing with Feathers by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the Thing with Feathers
1861

“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

Emily Dickinson
Born: 10 December 1830, Massachusetts, USA
Nationality: American
Died: 15 May 1886, Massachusetts, USA

Dickinson was a prolific poet but fewer than a dozen of her poems were published in her lifetime. The published poems were significantly edited to fit poetic convention and rules. Many of her poems deal with the themes of death and immortality. It was not until after her death her cache of poetry was discovered by her sister and her work became public. The first collection of Dickinson’s work was published in 1890

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