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Hope by Emily Dickinson

Hope by Emily Dickinson

The brief that was given was to create a series of prints based on lyrics or poems and experiment with layers and colour. I chose to illustrate a series of poems and present them in pinch fold booklets which have the poem printed on the pages and fold out to reveal the illustration on the other side. The image I have chosen is for the poem 'Hope' by Emily Dickinson. She is one of my favourite poets and I wanted to summarise the poem in the illustration, and so I looked at what could of inspired her to write it. She was more well known for her gardening than of her poems when she was alive, and nature is an obvious inspiration when reading the poem. I thought about the period of the poem when considering pattern motifs in the background, and of her writing style in which I tried to capture in the illustration.


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.

Hope by Emily Dickinson
inside of booklet
fold out booklet