Daily Archives: October 23, 2015

‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers

by Emily Dickinson

Hope_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.

An early reminder that we will feature Emily Dickinson in our November 26 meeting. Please post your choice of Dickinson poem(s) to be read and discussed on the CONTACT US page, or email me directly. Meanwhile, here are three links to some background information on this fascinating poet:

  1. Her Own Society: A new reading of Emily Dickinson
  2. Miss Emily by Nuala O’Connor: Domesticity and Dickinson’s dark side
  3. Emily Dickinson 101: Demystifying one of our greatest poets
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