One is an emotion, a sort of optimistic sensation or belief, and the other is taking action as though a good outcome is possible. You can have hope without feeling hopeful.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. Lying is the most important of the vices, because without lying you can’t practise any other vice consistently.
It’s literally impossible to make something out of anything but your own experiences (including your experience of consuming other media) but it’s almost never as simple as popular theories about artworks make.
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