Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

If I can stop one heart from breaking, Poem by Emily Dickinson


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.

Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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  • Silver Star - 3,871 Points Douglas Scotney (3/23/2015 7:34:00 PM)

    You don't have to do much good to not live in vain. There is a lot more you shouldn't do. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,043 Points Kim Barney (3/23/2015 5:35:00 PM)

    Such classic Dickinson is this poem! I think this must be how she truly felt about herself. With all of her tragedies she may have felt that her life was pointless at times. This poem is going onto my favorite poem list. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,445 Points Sandra Feldman (3/23/2015 4:57:00 PM)

    What wonderful feelings!
    Those who live only to lie, destroy and kill should learn from this (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,463 Points John Richter (3/23/2015 11:43:00 AM)

    Miss Dickinson suffered tremendously the loss of her colleagues and family members as they passed away one after another. I think her philosophy is steeped in the idea that her own sacrifices could help others the pain of which she herself had so much trouble enduring. In her last few years she became reclusive - and I have always wondered if the reason for that was to help others avoid grief from her own death. I think Emily is one of the most beautiful souls to have ever lived and discovering such would not be a surprise ot me. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,284 Points Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/23/2015 5:52:00 AM)

    Very compassionate indeed. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,147 Points Rajnish Manga (3/23/2015 2:48:00 AM)

    If every human being could nurture that spirit, most of the ailments afflicting the world today would vanish in no time. This may be a small poem but has the the potential to impact future generations. Great poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 30 Points Sathinadhan@yahoo.co.in Sreedhar (3/21/2015 8:05:00 AM)

    This is the oft quoted lines, invariably in every occasion of Violation of HumanRights, by theJurists.So meaningful, So touchy, So consoling, So inspiring, So thoughtful- The lines still lingers within and without.May Her SOUL REST IN PEACE AND JOYOUS. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Sajeet Nair (3/15/2009 2:36:00 AM)

    please provide deatils of this poem (Report) Reply

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