I’ve never really had a favourite poem but this one connected with me.
This is my favourite poem as it describes hope by using a powerful array of metaphors to enhance its effect. While it is true that many people all over the world live in extremely challenging and life threatening situations, leading hard lives in appalling conditions. What keeps people going in such circumstances is the glimmer of hope that things can change. This is one thought that came to mind when first reading the poem and this is what attracted me to it and as it relates to any hopeless situations it really does apply to all aspects of life.
This poem constantly reminds me of the daily challenges I face at school while studying and how hope is there in the hardest moments to ‘keep me warm’. It teaches you how hope is frail but strong, and hope is unselfish and never asks not even a ‘crumb’ of you. The way in which Dickinson puts the words together with such subtlety amazes me as it can relate to me and connect to me with such power.
This is why the poem is so significant, unlike any other poem; this one has a meaning which I can relate my past experiences from one which actually bonds with me. A true meaning which I can remember forever. The bravery and hope signified by the bird is evident because it shows up in all climates, even in the storms. This shows that hope will always appear, no matter how much danger or despair torments the human spirit.
Not just storm, the other hard circumstance where the poet examines this positive feeling of hope is the snow covered chilly lands, and the deep strange sea where one can easily wander and get lost. In other words, one should keep the will power high filled with this feeling of hope even in the extreme of extremes situations.
So the parable is saying that because tomorrow never knows, it makes hope always free, no matter how hard the present is. A