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Here’s a full poem ‘Hope is the thing with feathers -’ by Emily Dickinson. If you’re interested in a full analysis of this poem, check out our links at the bottom of the page!

“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.

Emily Dickinson


Love leading the Pilgrim – Study of Birds: Finches, 1897 By Sir Edward Burne-Jones

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