My Favorite Emily Dickinson Poems

Hey everyone! I wanted to pay a tribute to Emily Dickinson. She is one of the most eminent poets in literature. I’ll be talking about my favourite poems from her though it’s hard to choose a favourite, every one of them is unique and tells a story in itself! 
Well, here we go!
 
1)    ’Hope’’ is the thing with Feathers(254)
 
This is such a hopeful yet emotionally moving one. Whenever I read this I get an immense hopeful feeling! Hope you get that too. J
 
 
Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
 
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
 
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet – never – in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of me.
 
 
2)    I’m Nobody! Who are you?(260)
 This was probably the first Dickinson poem I read when I was in my first year of university. I literally went to our professor of poetry class and asked what this could mean. He gave me a research project about her! I was completely okay with it as I love Emily and her poems with a little twist and humor. This one is like that too. Usually, we introduce ourselves when we meet somebody. While she introduces herself to us with this poem, she prefers to be a ‘’Nobody’’. Let me highlight the fact that ‘’Nobody’’ is written with a capital letter. This makes us think that maybe it’s her identity.
 
 I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you- Nobody-too?
Then there’s a pair of us!
Don’t tell! They’d advertise- you know!
How dreary- to be- Somebody!
How public-like a Frog-
To tell one’s name- the livelong June-
To an admiring Bog!
 
 

 

3) My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun.(764)
This one is another fave of mine. I feel like the feeling of remorse can be felt even in the title. It can be said that the ‘loaded gun” can be used as an extended metaphor for the range that was suppressed.
 My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun-
In corners-till a Day
The Owner passed-identified-
And carried Me away-
And now We roam in Sovereign Woods-
And now We hunt the Doe-
And every time I speak for Him-
The Mountains straight reply-
And do I smile, such cordial light
Opon the Valley glow-
It is as a Vesuvian face-
Had let it’s pleasure through-
And when at Night-Our good Day done-
I guard My Master’s Head-
‘Tis better than the Eider Duck’s
Deep Pillow-to have shared-
To foe of His-I’m deadly foe-
None stir the second time-
On whom I lay a Yellow Eye-
Or an empathetic Thumb-

Though I than He-may longer live
He longer must-than I-
For I have but the power to kill,
Without- the power to die-

Many scholars also think that this was written about Dickinson’s attitude towards her father, but as a literature graduate I have to say, we may never know. That’s what makes poetry so beautiful; it stirs up different emotions in each one of you when you read it.
That’s all for this post! I would love to hear about your favorite poems too! Let’s meet in the comments section. 🙂
x Penny

35 responses to “My Favorite Emily Dickinson Poems”

  1. It is a nice collection of poems of Emily. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. You are very welcome! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. – P

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  2. These are a lovely collection! My favorite one out of the three is “Hope” is the thing with Feathers. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. You are very welcome Angie! Thank you so much for reading. x Pen

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  3. Lovely picks here! I love ‘Hope Is The Thing With Feathers’ – you’re right, it gives such a powerful and hopeful feeling – and I also find ‘As Imperceptibly As Grief’ a really interesting poem of hers. Thank you so much for sharing, I loved this! x

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    1. Oh, I have never heard that one, I’ll be definitely reading it asap! Thank you so much for reading Ceri, I’m very pleased to hear that you loved it. Xx Penny

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  4. I studied ‘I’m nobody! Who are you?’ while at uni & it’s one of my faves too.
    Great piece – thanks for sharing xx

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    1. That sounds very amazing! You are very welcome, thank you so much for reading and commenting. x Pen

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  5. I love I’m Nobody! Who Are You? I’ve never heard of these poems before. I’m familiar with the name but not her work (I know, shocking!) but thank you for introducing me to them!

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    1. ”I’m Nobody! Who are you?” is my favorite, too! You are very welcome, Jenny! Thank you so much for reading and commenting, I appreciate it. xx Pen

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  6. I especially loved “I’m Nobody, Who Are you?” Although Emily Dickinson are such classic poems, I’ve actually never read these before.

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    1. That one is my all-time favorite poem of her. Thank you for reading, B! x Penny

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  7. I love poetry and the pieces you’ve shared are so heartfelt and moving. I especially resonate with “Hope.” Thank you for sharing your favorite Emily Dickinson poems! I’ll definitely be getting myself a copy of that book.

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    1. I’m very pleased to hear that you will be reading more of her poems, and thank you so much for reading and commenting! xx Penny

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  8. Oo, I loved reading this post! I love that you share each poem in its entirety, as opposed to an except. I connect most with the opening poem, but “I’m Nobody, Who Are you?” has such a unique style, it is hard to pass it by. 🙂

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    1. Exactly, Jaya! 🙂 Very pleased to hear that you loved reading this post. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. x Penny

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  9. I am only familiar with Emily Dickinson’s Hope is the thing with feathers poem, so it was nice reading two more of her poems. I do like the I’m Nobody! Who are you? poem.

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    1. That one is my favorite too! I’m very glad to hear that you liked it. 🙂 Thank you so much for reading and commenting. x Pen

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  10. You’ve picked out some lovely poems by Emily Dickinson; I will have to revisit her work as I really enjoyed reading this post!

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  11. I had never read any poem from Emily Dickinson as it’s not mandatory in school in Italy, but I don’t understand why now! I love her style, her way of writing. Going to get a collection of hers and read more, thank you Penny x

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    1. Wow, I didn’t know about that! I’m very pleases to know that you will read more of her poems. 🙂 Thank you so much for reading x Penny

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    1. I know right, thank you so much for reading. x Penny

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  12. I don’t think I’ve ever read a poem by Emily Dickinson before, so this post was really fun! The very first poem is hands down my favorite, but I loved the humor in the second. She’s really talented, and while I know she’s beloved by many, because I’ve never been big on classics, I’ve never been very familiar with her work. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Yes, absolutely, her poems are very beautiful and witty too! You are very welcome Stephanie, thank you so much for sharing. xx Penny

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  13. I’m a huge poetry fan, however, I don’t read as many classics. Thank you for this great roundup, maybe I’ll go check out an Emily Dickinson Poetry collection tomorrow at the library!

    Sejal | thelazygal.com

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    1. Hopefully, you will! Thank you so much for reading and commenting. x Penny

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  14. I’m not a big fan of poetry but I love a good one like these poems.It was fun reading them.

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    1. Glad you loved these ones! Thank you so much for reading x Pen

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  15. This is such a lovely collection of poems! These are such beautifully written poems which I hadn’t heard of but I’m pleased I now know about them. Thank you so much for sharing these with us lovely Xo

    Elle – ellegracedeveson.com

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    1. You are very welcome, lovely! Thank you so much for reading x Penny

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  16. Love Emily Dickinson and these poems are beautiful x

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    1. They really are! Thank you so much for reading x Pen

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  17. I’m Nobody
    Who are you?
    The way this poem develops. Like it.
    On another note – I’ve never seen poems written this way before –
    Dashes on dashes

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    1. Exactly, same here! Thank you so much for reading. x P

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