Hope Springs Eternal

Emily Dickinson’s “‘Hope’ is the thing with feathers” was our focus this week. We talked about its multitudinous use of em dashes, unusual capitalization, and rhyme, but especially its central metaphor comparing a bird with hope. While Dickinson never specifies the kind of bird, details in the poem hint at certain breeds, such as those you might find near “the strangest Sea,” “in the chillest land,” or singing a “tune without . . . words.”

Seguing to creating their own poems, the students wrote their own takes on hope.

Ms. Yim, 4th Grade

Lorelei A.

I hope to get a book.
I hope to get a puppy.
I hope to get a phone.
I hope to get a cat.
I hope to get a hoodie.
I hope to have a car when
I grow up.
I hope to be a soccer

Heyson C.

I hope to have all of the
Pokémon cards in the world

Shamsan M.

I hope to get
the student of the week
and I hope to
get an Apple watch
and an iPhone

Gabriel P.

I hope it gets

Dhrumil P.

I hope to be an
Adidas kitten.

Dhyan P.

I hope for myself
Good grades
Great things
The best
I hope for
Chocolate cake

Meswa P.

I hope to get a bike
I hope to get a car

The Hope for Hard Work
Sana P.

I “Hope” for hard work.
I “Hope” I will be a good person.
I “Hope” I will study.
I “Hope” I will change my study culture.

I “Hope” I will help everyone.
I “Hope” a lot of things.

About Hope
Shiv P.

I hope I can meet with my friends at
the park. I hope that my friends let me join
them. I hope I can go home. I hope I
can run fast. I hope I can get a soccer
ball. I hope for to go to my cousin’s house.
I hope I can jump high. I hope for
new shoes. I hope I do my best.

Daksh P.

I hope my iPhone 14 is not
I hope my cashcard isn’t lost.
I hope to not lose the water.
I hope to not lose the food.
I hope to not lose my car.
I hope to not lose my bike.
I hope to not lose my grades.
I hope Dhrumil doesn’t lose math.

Angelo W.

I hope time can go
faster and the future
can come.
I hope everyone
can be the best
I hope I can be
the best gamer in



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.