Hope Poem — The Poet Emily Dickinson says that hope has got wings and feathers and when it flies it alights in the heart of a man. It sings a very strange tune that has no words. And it never stops singing.

Stanza – 1:

“Hope” is the thing with the feathers —
That’s perches in the soul —
And sing the tune without the words —
And never stops — at all —

Meanings:

Feathers — (many soft light parts covering a bird’s body)
Perches — (to alight or rest)

Paraphrase:

The poet says that hope has got wings and feathers and when it flies it alights in the heart of a man. It sings a very strange tune that has no words. And it never stops singing.

Reference to the context:

This stanza has been taken from Emily Dickinson’s Hope Poem, “Hope”.

Explanation:

By using the metaphor a ‘thing with feathers ‘ the poet has likened hope to a bird who can rise from the ground and fly high up with the help of its wings. The poet tells us that hope has wings and feathers like a bird. Hope sours as high as one can imagine. Hope is something that resides in the human heart. It is hope that conveys the message of constant struggle that leads to success in achieving one’s objective. It sings a very fascinating song but its song has no words. Its language is comprehensible to man but one can continuously hear its song.

Stanza – 2:

And sweetest   —– in the Gale —– is heard ——
And that’s sore must be the storm of —–
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm ——–

Meanings:

Gale (a strong wind)
Abash (embarrass; humiliate)
Sore (upsetting; painful)

Paraphrase:

Even a very strong wind is blowing, its pleasant song can be heard very cleverly. Even when the storm is upsetting everything, the little bird of hope cannot be embarrassed and humiliated.

Reference to the context:

This stanza has been taken from Emily Dickinson’s Hope Poem, “Hope”, he says that never lose hope in your life.

Explanation:

In this stanza the poet is full of praise for the sweet qualities of hope. One cannot stop its flow by putting hurdles in its way. Even when a very strong wind is blowing and upsetting everything, the little bird of hope cannot be disturbed or embarrassed. Hope survives even in adverse circumstances. The sweet song of hope can always be heard.

Stanza – 3:

I’ve heard in the chilliest land there—–
And on the strangest sea —-
Yet, never, in extremely,
It asked a crumb —- of Me.

Meanings:
Crumb (small piece of bread)
Chilly (too cold to be comfortable)
Extremely (end of something)

Paraphrase:

The poet says that he has heard the song of hope even in the freezing cold land and at the strangest sea. Even in extremely difficult situation, it has never begged a very small piece of bread from him.

Reference to the context:

This stanza has been taken from Emily Dickinson’s Hope Poem, “Hope”, poet says that never lose hope in your life..

Explanation:

In this stanza the poet enumerates various good aspects of hope. Hope is a great blessing of God. It helps us even in the freezing cold land and at the strangest sea. Hope is the key to success in life. Its sweet song keeps us going on and on. Its significance is this that it does not make any demand upon us. It helps us but it does not ask us for any help. In fact we enjoy life because of hope. Everyone knows that those who become hopeless commit suicide.