Friday, April 8, 2016

If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

Emily Dickinson wrote the beautiful poem If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking. Here it is:

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.

The poem If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking has seven verses. It's an optimistic poem which says that if the writer can prevent one person from feeling sad, her life will have meaning. Emily Dickinson tells us that by helping those in need, we make our lives rewarding. We can really make a difference in the lives of others.

The poem is organized into two stanzas. The first is a rhyming quatrain with the rhyme scheme a,b,a,b. The second stanza is a tercet with an irregular rhyme scheme.

Emily Dickinson, one of the most famous American poets, often wrote about death. In this poem, however, she writes about service to others. It's one of her most inspiring poems.

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