Emily Dickinson, Leaving Cert Complete Poetry Notes
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“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.
Our speaker begins by talking about hope. She wants us to know that it's got feathers, it hangs out in the soul, and never stops singing its wordless song. Its song sounds the sweetest when the weather is at its worst, in fact. It would have to be a really bad storm to lessen the effects of this bird, which has kept so many people warm. Our speaker has heard this bird singing in the coldest land...