Hope is the thing with feathers

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Emily Dickinson "Hope" is the Thing With Feathers- In "Hope" is the Thing With Feathers, she uses many of her techniques to make the poem more lively and fun to read.

In this poem, Emily Dickinson uses an irregular rhyming scheme of "abcb." This means that in each of the three stanzas, the second and the fourth line rhymes with each other. Along with her irregular rhymes, she uses irregular punctuation to direct her readers into certain flow of the poem. In this poem, she uses many hyphens to emphasize the expenditures. This gives the poem the effect of soft, slow, feather floating in the air. She also capitalizes key words in the middle of sentences that are main symbols or have a big effect on the poem. This also points the reader's eyes to these words so that they will pay closer attention to them.

Emily Dickinson compares the "Hope" to "the thing with feathers" or simply birds. This implies that hope has the ability to take someone up, or to heaven. The birds have feathers and therefore, are able to fly upward. This shows you that with hope, someone could get closer to heaven, or happiness. Hope is something that can lift someone's soul or spirit up. She is also saying that hope or faith is the only thing that can get someone up to heaven because without hope, you have no feathers and therefore you will fall down to hell. It is like someone said, "There is no future without any hope." Hope is what keeps us going and what makes our life worth living. If there was no hope, you will be better if you died and be stuck in hell because there is no point in living.

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