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If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

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Cheyanne Reynolds

on 30 September 2014

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Transcript of If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking
By: Emily Dickinson
Evidence #1
In stanza 1 shows an idiom which is used as this stanza's figurative language, because a persons heart is not really breaking. The author is saying how you can't stop a persons from feeling bad, but you can kind of ease the pain, although it will still somehow still be there she can only try.

The poem written by Emily Dickinson titled ''If I Can Stop Heart From Breaking'' is about how you should not live only thinking about yourself and how you should help others.
Emily Dickinson
If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

By: Emily Dickinson
This poem is mainly about how if you help other people or things, and not only think about yourself all the time, then you will not live a harsh, and careless life. Also you may not be able to everything or completely fix or stop something, but if you at least try it's almost worth the same thing. One example can be found in the paragraphs 1 and 2.
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.
"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;"
(stanza 1)
Evidence #2
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,"
(stanza 1)
The author uses a metaphor to say that you also cant completely help a person who has hit a rough spot in their life and are just down, or depressed, or frustrated.
Poetry Terms
The poem "If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking" by Emily Dickinson is about how a person can not stop all of the pain and sorrow someone has, but trying, and thinking about someone other than themselves is good enough.In the poem Dickinson talks about how in order to not be known as selfish or conceted you have to think about someone else and worry about someone else for once in your life.
Evidence can be found in paragraph lines 1 and 2. They state"If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain". This line is an example of an idiom exaggerating how someone feels, without saying directly how someone is feeling like sad, or happy.This shows that she can't completely stop something.
Another example that supports the theme of the story is found in lines 5 and 6. "Or help one fainting robin unto his nest again," states that if someone has hit a rough part in their life they can only help them as much as they can and that they cant stop the pain or emotions that they are feeling they have to overcome it themselves. There is also repetition found in stanza's 2 and 7 which still shows that if they try to think about others then they won't live a bad life.
Idiom: Line 1

"If I can stop one heart from breaking"
Metaphor: Line 5 and 6
"Or help one fainting robin" "Unto his nest again"
Repetition: Lines 2 and 7
"I shall not live in vain"
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