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Analysis and comments on If I can stop one Heart from breaking by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 30 of 130, added on February 11th, 2006 at 8:43 PM.

This was one of the most beautiful poem I've already read... We must
read it every morning,before doing anything, the world would be a little
happiest!!

Adriana from Brazil
Comment 29 of 130, added on January 31st, 2006 at 1:17 AM.

This simple poem brings out the most basic of human desires. When caring
for yourself stops being your driving force, you realize that caring for
others is what seperates a meaningless life to one that has all the meaning
in the world.

Harel from United States
Comment 28 of 130, added on December 12th, 2005 at 10:22 AM.

1.Who is speaking? Emily Dickinson
2.To whom is she speaking? A person who needs comfort
3.What is the occasion? A time of reflection
4.When is the poem being spoken? Doesn't say!
5.Where is the poem being spoken? I think, from he windowsill as she looks
upon the graveyard
6.what is the central idea? That she envied people who could comfort those
who were broken-hearted, or even the simplest thing, such as assisting a
helpless bird back into it's nest.
7.what is the dominent tone? Sad and depressed
8.How is that tone acheived? In the 2nd line of the 1st stanza, she says "I
shall not live in vain"and in the 3rd line of the 2nd stanza she quotes
again "i shall not live in vain" this meaning that while she grows old she
could look back nd think she did something and that she was counted for
that.
9.What happens in the poem? doesn't show any action
10.How would you describe the language of the poem? Figurative
11.what words in the poem especially move you? The entire 1st stanza
12. How woulkd you identify the meter and rhyme scheme of the poem? A, B,
A, B, C, B, A,

These are some analizing things. Hope you enjoy them!

Jessica from United States
Comment 27 of 130, added on December 12th, 2005 at 10:05 AM.

I wanted you to know that I really liked you poem it was really good
hopefully you have foud something that you are good at. Well I wish you the
best of luck!!


Kylea Culver from United States
Comment 26 of 130, added on December 12th, 2005 at 9:43 AM.

Although I think some of Emily's poems are confusing, and boring, I do
believe that this one spoke to me, more than any of them. Not only because
it is simple, but because, it shows she had pitty for herself, and that she
envied other people who could do these things. She wished she could help
people with their love problems, or help a hopeless bird back into it's
nest. I think this poem is very deep, if you think about it long enough...

Jessica from United States
Comment 25 of 130, added on November 18th, 2005 at 5:54 PM.

i think the poem expresses how we should think about others, and help them,
and guide them. and not to help just to boost our self confidence, or make
us feel good about ourselves.its about them.

great poem

Alexandra from United States
Comment 24 of 130, added on November 16th, 2005 at 11:02 AM.

i think this poem was really good it was the first one i read from emily
dickenson that i really liked i think she is a good poet writter

kirsten from United States
Comment 23 of 130, added on November 11th, 2005 at 9:41 PM.

I just read this poem for the first time and I think it is sooooooo great!
I think Emily really expresses what all of us sometime hope-that if we
could just help one person, do just one good thing in our lives, that we'd
feel like we are special and we have accomplished something. Emily has a
way of expressing herself that is very unique, and I definitely look up to
her for that.

The barkster from United States
Comment 22 of 130, added on October 30th, 2005 at 7:16 AM.

Wow. What an amazing poem. In just a few lines Emily expressed her her
wishes and desires. She wrapped up a great deal of anxiety and pain in
those few lines. This poem is an inspiration and should be one to all. It
made me realize how humanity works, and how everyones heart is subtle and
delicate, if only we had the power to change lives. I absolutely adore this
poem.

Aisha Billa from United States
Comment 21 of 130, added on September 26th, 2005 at 8:38 AM.

I came across this beautiful poem a little over 30 years ago. I still
constantly recite it to myself and have introduced it to several friends as
my favorite poem of all times. I am so strongly affected by it and I wish
we could all live our lives doing what it says instead of adding to
others'heart aches through what we say and do.

Akin from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 919. If I can stop one Heart from breaking
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Nov 6 2008


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