"Hope" is a thing with feathers

Unfamiliar Words

Abash- embarrass.

Perches- a thing on which a bird alights or roosts, typically a branch or a horizontal rod or bar in a birdcage.

Gale- a very strong wind.

15 Poetic Devices

"Hope" is the thing with feathers (Metaphor, Imagery)

That perches in the soul (Metaphor, Personification)

That kept many warm (Metaphor)

And sore must be the storm (Alliteration, Personification)

And on the strangest sea; (Consonance, Alliteration)

Yet, never, in extremity, (Assonance)

Never stops---at all (Hyperbole)

I've heard it in the chilliest land (Hyperbole, Imagery)  

And sings the tune without the words (Metaphor, Personification)


S- 1st person point of view

O-Never give up, and even when times get rough,

always try and find hope.

A- Those who need to know that hope still exist.

P- To motivate the people in life who's lost hope through out their life and feels as if it no longer a factor.


Emily Dickinson shares times of her life in many of her poems, but in this one she stresses the point of "Hope". Emily wants people to know that hope exists everywhere even when your in the lowest parts of life. Hope exists even at the strangest places or times. Hope is something that is given to you. In this poem Emily is trying to get everyone to hold on to hope. The main point in this poem through it all is to never give up on yourself and have faith in life.


1. What was the definition of the word gale?

2. Who was the writer of this poem?

3. State a line that used personification.

4. Identify what type of poem this is.

5. What line stood out the most to you and why?

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