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

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Comment 21 of 551, 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
Comment 20 of 551, added on August 24th, 2005 at 3:14 AM.

uhmmmm..well,when i read this poem it made me feel sorrow..

anne from China
Comment 19 of 551, added on July 29th, 2005 at 11:54 AM.

I am currently singing a song for a recital called "IF". Its actually this
poem put with a tune. It is so amazingly beautiful! The words with the song
make it so much more meaningful.

Kayley from United States
Comment 18 of 551, added on July 18th, 2005 at 8:22 PM.

Encased in amber, torn from the chest,
Freed from bodily veins
It joins my collection of the rest
No longer feeling pain

Alcar from Canada
Comment 17 of 551, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 5:30 PM.

This beautiful poem -- which expresses the wish of the human heart to make
a difference to others, to help those in pain and need -- is a wonderful
companion to "Faith -- is the Pierless Bridge," which is my all-time
favorite poem by Dickinson or perhaps by anyone.

By Faith, the Pierless Bridge, too slender for the eye, we can know that we
do make a difference, that our efforts affect others in a positive way,
that we do not live in vain if we are committed to living out of love for
others in the world.

There is a sort of poetic hyperbole in the poem -- one I first heard in
American Literature class in 11th grade back in the 1960's. Of course, it
isn't about cooling just one pain or stopping just one heart from breaking
or helping one fainting robin. But how often, faced with a given
situation, have I felt that if I can just do this one thing, it will make a
difference -- and at that moment, I have the encouraging, quickening
experience that maybe my life does make a difference after all.

I think this poem expresses that brilliantly.

Dickinson is so much more than "Sweet Emily" -- the poet who explored the
meaning of existence, the mysteries of life and death, joy, hope, faith and
despair. That she was such a shy person, to the point of reclusiveness,
makes her work all the more wonderful, especially considering she was only
negligibly published during her lifetime. Well over a hundred years after
her death, what she wrote is still being read, pondered, considered.

Emily Dickinson, as it has turned out, made a most profound difference and
she still is making a difference. As long as there are books and the
English language persists, she will continue to do so.

I cannot remain unmoved when I read her work and I am so far from alone in

Comment 16 of 551, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 3:54 PM.

This year in english class we read this poem for the first time. And i fell
in love with it. I think that the vary way Emily speaks about love and
helping others through heart breaks it absolutly touching. She is an
amazing writer.

Sarah from United States
Comment 15 of 551, added on June 3rd, 2005 at 2:13 PM.

I remember reading this poem for the first time in 8th grade. The words
have haunted me ever since, mumbling in my memory. This poem has become my

michele from United States
Comment 14 of 551, added on June 2nd, 2005 at 6:01 PM.

I think this poem has a quiet desperation about it, a stalwart belief in
virtue being the only true goal.

Brendan Webber from Canada
Comment 13 of 551, added on May 15th, 2005 at 5:41 AM.

i love this poem because its very beautiful....emily really had a great
heart......maybe she wrote this one because she dont want to see other
people suffering from a pain that she had also felt.............

rachelle from Philippines
Comment 12 of 551, 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

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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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