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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.


 

From The Poems of Emily Dickinson.  Edited by R. W. Franklin (Harvard University Press, 1999)

4 comments on “Emily Dickinson: “Hope” is the thing with feathers

  1. kklover10
    March 25, 2017

    Nice.🌸

    Liked by 1 person

  2. triciaknoll
    November 3, 2016

    Glad that worked for Emily. My mother would have to be 104 to see the Cubs win again. Today a poem rejected 10 times found a home in an anthology coming out in February. Hope is not a thing with feathers, it is an animal with muscle.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      November 3, 2016

      “Hope is not a thing with feathers, it is an animal with muscle.” HA! Very quotable.

      Like

  3. anisioluiz2008
    November 3, 2016

    Reblogged this on O LADO ESCURO DA LUA.

    Like

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