Hope As A Nursing Concept

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Hope as a Nursing Concept 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. (Dickinson & Shurr, 1993) Introduction In Emily Dickinson’s poem, hope is introduced as an abstract idea in the free spirit of a bird. The bird crafts a continuous tune even when there are no words to sing. Then, an intense storm arises and creates opposition for the bird; however, even in the worst of times, it still sings beautifully. This scene conjures up images of a bird’s song, whistling above the sound of gale force winds and offering the promise that soon the storm will end. And though the speaker has felt the warmth of hope in the coldest of times and in the strangest of circumstances, the bird never asked for anything in return, serving the speaker selflessly. Hope, of course, is not an animate thing; it is inanimate, but the metaphor of the bird singing through the storm creates an image of hope is created in the readers’ minds. The inherent power of hope is reminded – it is always there, requires no maintenance, and is strong enough to see one through their troubles. Life cannot be planned. The future is a rut-filled road winding through a wandering countryside and who knows where it

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