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  • 8Bit Bob
    Hello and welcome to my second informal study of poetry. Today I will be taking a look at Emily Dickinson's "Hope" is a Thing With Feathers.
    (You can read "Hope" is the Thing With feathers here:

    In this poem the speaker begins by saying that "Hope" is "the thing with feathers" (line 1). By "the thing with feathers" she is obviously referring to a bird (this is further proven when she calls it "the little Bird" in line 7). She then goes on to say that hope "perches in the soul" (line 2) and "sings the tune without the words/And never stops - at all -" (lines 3-4), suggesting that hope lives in our soul and is always with us.

    In the second stanza the speaker says "And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard -/And sore must be the storm -/That could abash the little Bird/That kept so many warm -" (lines 5-8), suggesting that this "little Bird" is stronger than some think, and can withstand strong "storms" (or trials). The last line suggests that hope keeps "so many warm", which, I think, is referring to the fact that hope keeps a lot of people going, and gives them, well, hope.

    The last stanza begins by saying "I’ve heard it in the chillest land -/And on the strangest Sea -" (lines 9-10), suggesting that hope has stayed with the speaker through her darkest times and struggles. The poem then ends with "Yet - never - in Extremity,/It asked a crumb - of me." (lines 11-12), meaning that hope never asks anything of the speaker, but gave so much to her (as stated earlier in the poem).
    Thus concludes my second informal study of poetry. If you think there's something I missed or failed to cover, feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Thanks for reading!
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  • 8Bit Bob
    Hello guys! I've decided I want to try and improve my poetry by attempting to study other people's poems. This won't be a super formal or in depth study, as I said this is mainly just to improve my own poetry. I also don't know how often I'll be doing these, but I plan on doing some more in the future.
    Today, I'll be doing Robert Frost's Fire and Ice
    (You can read Fire and Ice here:

    In this poem the speaker is talking of how he thinks the world will end. It takes a bit of a conversational and matter-of-fact tone as the speaker lets us know that he believes the world will end in fire. However, he also says that if the world "were to perish twice" (line 5) then ice would do the job just as well.

    In this poem I think the speaker is actually using fire and ice to represent something more. In lines 3-4 he says "From what I’ve tasted of desire/I hold with those who favor fire." suggesting that he's representing desire with fire, and in lines 6-7 he says "I think I know enough of hate/To say that for destruction ice" suggesting that he's representing hate with ice. So, what I think he's actually saying is that the world will end by either desire or hate, not literally fire or ice.
    That's the end of my study of Robert Frost's Fire and Ice. As I said, I hope to do more of these in the future and to improve my own poetry in the process. If you think there's something I missed or did wrong, just leave a comment and let me know.

    Thanks for reading!
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