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If I can stop one heart from breaking, Analysis



Author: Poetry of Emily Dickinson Type: Poetry Views: 1335

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If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.








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I'm not sure why most people assume that Emily was referring only to other Humans in this poem. I believe she was including all Sentient Beings. Granted, it is subject to interpretation by each individual reader. I think her basic message in this piece was fairly simple. Live a compassionate, selfless, cruelty-free life. For those that do will most certainly have lived for something, and did not die for nothing.

| Posted on 2015-04-05 | by a guest


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She just wants to explain that she will be happy to actually help a person in need.Simple.

| Posted on 2014-11-01 | by a guest


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She just wants to explain that she will be happy to actually help a person in need.Simple.

| Posted on 2014-11-01 | by a guest


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I think Emily is saying that her life wouldn't be pointless if she helped others and make others feel that they actually have a purpose in life. These special acts of kindness will really help you and the other person feel happy

| Posted on 2013-11-26 | by a guest


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It is a compelling truism represented by the disregard of ones own interests in favour of others.But, of course, the glaring paradox is that we are,in fact, serving ourselves; because these acts of kindness make us feel better about ourselves, so ultimately we benefit. This is part of our survival instict.

| Posted on 2013-11-24 | by a guest


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I think that this was writen for the purpose of her having a heartbreak or losing someone that was very close to her heart. It is a really beautiful peace.

| Posted on 2013-03-12 | by a guest


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I would like to propose not to hold back until you get enough amount of money to order different goods! You should take the mortgage loans or just commercial loan and feel fine

| Posted on 2012-07-03 | by a guest


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this poem explains how it is important to help others. it seems to me that emily experienced a lot of sorrow and wanted to prevent others from making the mistakes she made. she wants to help these people so that they dont experience the horrible heartache that she has because sadness a horrible thing. emily doenst want others to suffer, especially if she can help them. she doesnt want to watch others go through the horrible pain that she had to go through when she did whatever it is that made her unhappy. she wants to let others learn from her mistakes and her bad choices so that no one has to feel as bad as she did. She is saying that if she can help at least one person stay happy, then she will not have lived a useless life.

| Posted on 2012-04-30 | by a guest


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what is the genre? This poem is so beautiful and yet just a bit complicated for me to understand the genre

| Posted on 2011-10-13 | by a guest


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in my opinion she is expressing her wishes to help other, you see her determination the way the tone of the poem is strait forward and serious.but the soft calming tone is how much she values this concept and how she wants to dedicate her life to helping people

| Posted on 2011-10-05 | by a guest


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I have an assignment on this. Who can help? I need a good explanation.

| Posted on 2011-03-06 | by a guest


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life only purpose is to help others people and Allah will consequently pay bach him a better and good life!
comments by Qazi Bismillah Jan Burke.
Swat,, Pakistan

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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life only purpose is to help others people and Allah will consequently pay bach him a better and good life!
comments by Qazi Bismillah Jan Burke.
Swat,, Pakistan

| Posted on 2011-02-28 | by a guest


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THis poem, like many has a way of being said that holds it in the mind and reminds us all that to help another is one of the tools we can use to help find meaning in life. many times, tho, older people who can not do for others as they have done, feel or are treated as if they are not worth as much as a robin. Here Em points out that the simple act of helping a fainting one (someone weaker than yourself) has its reward. So, this poem is two fold; its design (the way you say the words) shows you how words can indeed stay with you, and its content shows you one of the ways that blessing others with acts of kindness helps give life meaning

| Posted on 2010-12-18 | by a guest


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this is my report in english subject..
it was assigned to me by my teacher..
i find it very understandable and very beautiful poem even if it\'s very short, it very meaningful..

| Posted on 2010-11-25 | by a guest


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In my opinion, this song is talking about a person�s purpose in life. Emily views life�s purpose as helping others, and saving others from heartache. She is saying that if she can help one other person, or ease someone else�s pain, she will not live in vain. If she can do one of these things, her life would have purpose and meaning. One section that stood out to me was when she uses the metaphor of helping a �fainting robin� back to its nest. It made me wonder what she meant by that. Was she literally referring to a robin, or was it something deeper? I thought that the �fainting robin� could symbolize a person who has lost their direction in life, or someone who simply needs a friend, or some help. Emily is saying that if she could just reach out and touch someone�s life, and help other�s her life would not have been for nothing.

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest


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Can anyone right a response of literature for this poem. I love this poem and am doing it for an assignment but I can\'t think of what to write.

| Posted on 2010-10-21 | by a guest


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interesting analysis. I agree with all you said. its a basic principle of life really. if you do anything to help or affect another person than your life is worth living. That is what I think Emily was trying to convey here.

| Posted on 2010-08-16 | by a guest


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. In my opinion, this song is talking about a persons purpose in life. Emily views lifes purpose as helping others, and saving others from heartache. She is saying that if she can help one other person, or ease someone elses pain, she will not live in vain. If she can do one of these things, her life would have purpose and meaning. One section that stood out to me was when she uses the metaphor of helping a fainting robin back to its nest. It made me wonder what she meant by that. Was she literally referring to a robin, or was it something deeper? I thought that the fainting robin could symbolize a person who has lost their direction in life, or someone who simply needs a friend, or some help. Emily is saying that if she could just reach out and touch someones life, and help others her life would not have been for nothing.

| Posted on 2010-01-10 | by a guest


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She is saying that you should help other people in life because if you do some good someone will help you.

| Posted on 2009-12-14 | by a guest


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i dont get poems they r so weird and we r doing poetry in our writing class and it is just confusing and the poems are just a paragraph long and doesnt explain anyrhing so its just weird?

| Posted on 2009-12-02 | by a guest


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She is only saying that Life is much more than just thinkin of oneself. We as human beings have to leave selfish thoughts away and focus on aiding those in need and by doing that as a consequence we will give sense to our exixtence.

| Posted on 2009-04-21 | by a guest


.: the robin in the poem :.

the robin is a bird (robin;species of bird) ,thus the presence of the nest in the following stanza. may represent views of freedom (flying free like a bird) from pain. or it may symbolize how the bird is high in the sky ( high as in an emotional high from love) and then it suddenly faints and it is leading nowhere but downwards into the ground (down=failure, unhapiness etc). so to put the bird back in its nest is to relieve it from such a pain.

| Posted on 2008-06-09 | by a guest


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This was a really nice peace can any1 tell me (for a homework assignment) who emily speeks to in this poem, (audience or reader)

| Posted on 2008-03-26 | by a guest


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This was a really nice peace can any1 tell me (for a homework assignment) who emily speeks to in this poem, (audience or reader)

| Posted on 2008-03-26 | by a guest


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This peice is simply saying that in ameliorating anothers life, ours will also improve. In questioning the purpose of life she has found that it is to touch the soul of another. She views her life until now as void and upon reviewing, surmises that to make anothers life a little brighter will enhance her own.
She suggest that she has felt the pain herself, because she has a desire to prevent it infecting others. "one fainting robin
Unto his nest again," is simply imagery for a desperate fellow in need of aid.

| Posted on 2005-10-02 | by Approved Guest


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She's trying to make a point, that her life wasn't as she wanted it to be. She wanted to help people, make herself feel worthy of her way of life. She was a lucky child, rich and all.Atleast she had money to eat, and grow up right maybe she's offering to return what the world gave to her.She just wants to feel like she mattered even if she only saved one soul, or helped one person.Atleast she made an impact on someone,animal, or person.Well, atleast that's the way I see it.
JSG~

| Posted on 2004-10-22 | by joel_s_gurlie


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Here's how I see it.Emily here feels unjust, like her life holds no meaning whatsoever, so she speaks of helping someone.Even if just the smallest deed is done to help someone, she would feel needed, feel important. She wanted to tell the world, that if they ever needed help, she'd be there.She wanted to say, that she'd be willing to help, and as she was helping someone else, she was helping herself.By making her life seem as specail as it was, even if she didn't see.She lived a remarkable life, and her spirit was kind.All she wanted to do was help, and that's wahst she's trying to say.

| Posted on 2004-10-20 | by camoflage




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