Emily Dickinson


Emily Dickinson was a very well known American poet, she lived a quiet life, very withdrawn from society. Many of her poems dealt with topics such as immortality and death. Sadly many of the poems she composed were not publishes, of the eight hundred poems she composed only eleven were published.

It was first her sister who discovered her poems after her death. Soon after everyone around Emily knew about her poems. It wasn't until 1890 that her work was first published. Unfortunately it was so heavily edited that it wasn't her work anymore. Finally in 1955 her work was released unedited.

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.

By: Emily Dickinson