"'Hope' is the thing with feathers-" by Emily Dickinson --
My summary of the poem - in my own words:
Hope is like a bird -
That sits in your soul -
And it whistles
And it never stops - ever -
It sounds good, and you can hear it even in strong winds
And the storm must be extreme
That it could destroy the hope
That kept so many from giving up that a better situation will come
I've seen hope in the coldest place
And on the worst sea
And it never, even at the ends of the earth,
Asked anything from me.
There is hope for a better future.
I noticed all kinds of annotations in the original poem, such as the strong imagery when Dickinson says, "'Hope' is the thing with feathers - That perches in the soul -" you can see a bird perched on a limb in a tree. Another example is, "I've heard it in the chillest land -" and you can just picture a cold, hard, and dark land laid before you. I also noticed the figurative language used in the poem. When she says that the 'hope' has "kept so many warm -," she doesn't mean it got a blanket and a pillow and laid over you. Hope has kept many people striving for a better situation, and it gives some people a warm feeling to know that there is hope for them.