Phillip Essay

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“Hope” is the Thing With Feathers What is life without hope? In "'Hope' is the Thing With Feathers," by Emily Dickinson, on page 435, the poem examines the abstract idea of hope in the free spirit of a bird. Dickinson uses imagery and metaphor to help describe why "'Hope' is the Thing With Feathers." I believe this story called to me because of its title, “Hope is the Thing with Feathers.” I love how Emily Dickinson portrayed “Hope” as a bird, and how everybody can have hope for free. This poem was also a great example of using metaphors in a poem. The stanzas rhyme loosely in an ABCB scheme, though in this poem there are some incidental carryover rhymes: “words” in line three of the first stanza rhymes with “heard” and “Bird” in the second; “Extremity” rhymes with “Sea” and “Me” in the third stanza which conforms to an ABBB rhyme scheme. The mood mainly reflects gloomy. Emily Dickinson seems to be saying that hope used to exist for her but was bashed out of existence. This is a lyric poem because it expresses so much emotion. In the first stanza, "'Hope' is the Thing With Feathers," Emily Dickinson uses the metaphorical image of a bird to describe the conceptual idea of hope. Hope is not an living thing, it lives in our minds, giving our actions meaning, but by giving hope feathers, Emily Dickinson begins to create an image of hope being viable and gratuitous. Feathers represent hope because feathers enable you to soar and offer the image of soaring to a new hope, a new beginning. Its converse, broken feathers, conjures up the image of a needy person who has been beaten down by life. Their wings have been broken and they no longer have the power to hope. In the second stanza, "That perches in the soul-" Emily Dickinson continues to use the imagery of a bird to describe hope. Hope, she indicates, perches in our soul. It can also be seen as a

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