Emily Dickinson's poem "Hope Is the Thing with Feathers" was published in 1891 and believed to be written in 1861. Dickinson's poems were published after her death when her family discovered the large collection of poetry she wrote while in seclusion.
This poem symbolizes hope and what it means to the human soul. Even though Dickinson only mentioned the word bird once, hope is compared to a bird through her use of imagery.
Dickinson lived a secluded life and dealt with depression. Her poetry topics are similar but her method of writing used imagery and different poetry methods that made her a famous poet posthumously.