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

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Comment 12 of 542, added on March 30th, 2005 at 6:21 PM.

In our grade 9 language art class right now, we are reading the poem If I
Can Stop One Heart From Breaking, only it is a different virson from this.
I think that is was a shame that such good talent was hiden for this long

*~Lulu~* from Canada
Comment 11 of 542, added on February 18th, 2005 at 10:40 AM.

this poem is really touching and makes me think of what i have in life!

Ducky from United States
Comment 10 of 542, added on December 16th, 2004 at 11:39 PM.

While most interpret this poem as the whole "help others" thing, that's not
how I see it. In my opinion, that's just a little cliche and so different
from her other poems. It seems as though she's being more literal (i.e.
actually meaning *one* bird). Since she lived her life in seclusion, it
sounda as though she were trying to give her own life meaning, and convince
herself that every small thing that *she* did made a difference. A little
more depressing, but more realistic in my mind. (We're singing an
arrangement of this in choir and it's GEORGEOUS!)

Cayla from United States
Comment 9 of 542, added on December 2nd, 2004 at 1:01 PM.

I think this is a very profound poem. It's one if my favorites. I like it
because it has a true meaning.

Vianney from Honduras
Comment 8 of 542, added on November 13th, 2004 at 9:34 PM.

Emily suffered so much of her own pain, I feel this poem reflects her
desire to help others who fought the depression which resulted in her
agorophobia and sadness that is reflected in many of her "winter" poems. A
perceptive and awesome poet for all time.
Thanks Emily!

Comment 7 of 542, added on November 5th, 2004 at 8:50 PM.

i think this is a really great poem it shows that we should not always
worry about ourself, but worry about other people and help them with
whatever we can.

Comment 6 of 542, added on October 28th, 2004 at 1:25 PM.

this was a nice good hearted poem

celia taylor from United States
Comment 5 of 542, added on October 20th, 2004 at 4:27 PM.

Dickinson is just cool ~ this is so awesome because if everyone took the
time to help others, we would all feel great for doing it and eventually we
all wouldn't need as much help (#805 is one of my personal favs.)

MailbuBarbie0526 from United States
Comment 4 of 542, added on October 6th, 2004 at 6:38 PM.

This poem is quite a contrast from Dickinson's own life. However, she
makes an excellent point. If more people lived by this Christian principal
we would have less crime, poverty, and war. An extremely "deep" set of

Brian from United States
Comment 3 of 542, added on October 6th, 2004 at 10:59 AM.

This poem really touched me and I think that everyone should live life to
the fullest and if someone is in need, even if its out of the way, you
should help them out. You will feel better about yourself and maybe the
world will wake up and realize that its not always about themselves.

Glenn 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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