We all need to know that "Hope is the thing with feathers."
She wrote almost 1,800 poems, but few were published in her lifetime. She rarely left her room, much less her father's house; locals regarded her as an eccentric. Yet Dickinson's verse grappled with big issues—love and death and solitude—and her passion is nearly unparalleled.
Printed from Oprah.com on Monday, December 9, 2013