If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking

Topics: Meaning of life, Emily Dickinson, Bird Pages: 2 (573 words) Published: October 4, 2010
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;.” If you help others, then your not self-centered.. Emily Dickinson is saying that if you can help other people or soothe one’s pain then your don’t live life in vain. Emily views life purpose as helping others or saving others from heartaches. Life is more than just think of your own self. In the quest of finding life’s purpose she has found that it is to help others. One thing that stood out to me was that Emily used the symbol “fainting robin” for a person who has lost direction in life, or a someone that needs a friend, or some help. The robin in the symbol would also be a bird flying high as the happiness in a person life. The when that person is hurt or needs help the bird of happiness is a “fainting robin.” Anther symbol is in “ or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again.” The symbol is of helping that person happiness and the right track of life. Helping the person succeed in their dreams. Emily Dickinson suggest that she herself has felt the pain because she want to prevent others from getting hurt. She use imagery to make us feel and make us visualize. The sense of feeling is used when she says “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain;” she makes us want to prevent people from getting hurt so that we will feel good about our selves. She use sense of sight when she says “Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again,” we see a bird fainting and someone put the bird in it bird nest. Its home. Emily use ending rhyme schemes. First she ends in ing then in. Its ing and in again but then its ing and in on the same line. The last two lines end with in. She uses rhyme in the first stanza, but breaks it up in the second stanza, then brings it back in the end. Emily used the word nest to support her line of “fainting robin” Robin is a bird and bird built nest and makes it its home. She used nest instead of den, lair or shelter because a bird’s home is a nest. A bird...
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