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  • jrrajan06

Hope by Emily Dickinson

Updated: Jul 27, 2023



I love this poem. Every time the word "Hope" is used, along with the final words in "The Count of Monte Cristo" (Wait and Hope), this poem comes to my mind.


What I love about this poem is how there is a gentle yet steely quality attributed to "hope". Also not everything is rosy and there is a tinge of realism when Emily says that for hope to be embarrassed and stay away, the trials of life should be really harsh. Otherwise, she has experienced hope at the harshest of times. I also love how she ends the poem by saying that "hope" has never taken anything from her and has only always given her. Reminds me of the saying, Kindness, and compassion don't cost anything. I will add hope to that list.



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