April 18, 2014

Homework Help: English

Posted by Brian on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 10:43pm.

Help with annotating and finding overall them! Help!!!!!
“Hope” is the thing with feathers
By Emily Dickinson

“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.

1. Identify the use of personification in the poem and explain its effect.

2. What is the significance of the speaker’s word choice such as “perches”, “sweetest”, “sore”, “abash”, and so on? What kind of connotations do they create and how do they contribute to the poem’s message?

3. What is the overall theme of the poem?

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