~~April is National Poetry Month!~~

If Hope was a bird, what kind of bird would it be? Image from WikiCommons by Dario Sanches.

If Hope was a bird, what kind of bird would it be?
Image from WikiCommons by Dario Sanches.

Many people have heard of Emily Dickinson’s poem #254.

“Hope is the thing with feathers/ That perches in the soul/ And sings the tune without the words/ And never stops at all” — Emily Dickinson

One of the reasons I like her poems is her punctuation and capitalization. She hadn’t actually intended to publish her poems, so much of what you read punctuation-wise is an editor’s choice to standardize what she wrote. That’s also why the poems aren’t titled and organized in different ways in different publications.

Even though she wasn’t recognized while she lived, her poetry survived her.

And Emily, who spent much of her life isolated except for her books, understands the introvert, bibliophile, and nature lover. (Which many of us bloggers are.) She lived in her mind, and it was a wonderful, wide world.

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#1263 by Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book

To take us Lands away,

Nor any Coursers like a Page

Of prancing Poetry–

This Traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of Toll–

How frugal is the Chariot

That bears a Human soul.

followed-blog-200-1xJust made 200 follows Thursday evening. Thank you all, you’re as lovely and encouraging as the first flowers of Spring! (Unless you’re opposed to being compared to a flower, in which case you’re as awesome and wicked as a fire-breathing dragon.)


About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

2 responses »

  1. Non-Flapdoodle-ental says:

    Great post!

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