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If I can stop one heart from breaking

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Shannon Yettaw

on 20 May 2014

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Transcript of If I can stop one heart from breaking

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.

Literal Meaning
Dickinson says that If she can stop someone's heart from breaking, she will not live in vain. Meaning that she will not dwell on the past because her life will then have meaning. Things done in vain will have nothing good come from it.
Rhyme Scheme
a IF I can stop one heart from breaking,
b I shall not live in vain;
a If I can ease one life the aching,
b Or cool one pain,
c Or help one fainting robin
b Unto his nest again,
b I shall not live in vain.
Symbolism
"Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again"
Dickinson doesn't literally mean help a fainting robin, but rather helping a person in need get back on their feet.
Imagery
Personification
Emily gives the robin a human characteristic. Because birds don't faint due to stress. What Emily is creating is the personification of the bird, being human like, and being stressed and fainting.
Figurative Meaning
If I can stop one heart from breaking
Repetition

"I shall not live in vain" is repeated twice in the poem. It is repeated because Emily is trying to stress that she does not want to live her life in vain, she wants her life to have some meaning.
When Dickinson says "Or help one fainting robin" She's using personification with the Robin, which creates the meaning that she wants to help something small and helpless.
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.
In the third line, the reader can visualize a person who's life if aching and the pain is being eased.
In the fourth line, the reader can see pain being cooled
In the fifth and sixth line, the reader can see Emily helping the robin into his nest.
By Emily Dickinson
Presentation by Shannon Yettaw
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