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.


Comments about If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking, by Emily Dickinson

  • Abbas 62 (5/11/2020 2:47:00 PM)

    Ir's a sad poem the three lines that show it are If I can stop one heart from breaking,
    I shall not live in vain;
    If I can ease one life the aching,(Report)Reply

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  • Emily (1/30/2020 1:27:00 PM)

    It was beautiful I think I will keep it forever(Report)Reply

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  • John Guthrie (7/10/2019 6:41:00 PM)

    This poem made me think of Mother Teresa. She spent her life serving God and helping the poor.(Report)Reply

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  • Catalina Franco (4/12/2019 3:14:00 AM)

    De-aș opri să se frângă o inimă,
    N-aș trăi în van;
    Dac-aș putea unei vieți
    Durerea să-i ușurez,
    Sau să i-o îndepărtez,
    Ori s-ajut o mierlă
    Să-și găsească cuibu-i,
    N-aș trăi în van.

    -traducere de Catalina Franco-(Report)Reply

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  • Catalina Franco (4/12/2019 3:13:00 AM)

    Emily Dickinson, ''Dacă aș ști să-împiedic''


    , ''De-aș opri să se frângă o inimă''


    N-aș trăi în van;
    Dac-aș putea unei vieți
    Durerea să-i ușurez,
    Sau să i-o îndepărtez,
    Ori s-ajut o mierlă
    Să-și găsească cuibu-i,
    N-aș trăi în van.

    -traducere de Catalina Franco-(Report)Reply

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  • adrian (4/9/2019 8:45:00 PM)

    im doing dis for my sister(Report)Reply

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  • Allister (12/6/2018 6:04:00 PM)

    I did a song in 7th grade based off this poem and it was beautiful(Report)Reply

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  • Judith Whitney (8/20/2018 8:04:00 PM)

    I have lived by this poem my whole life (76+years) and have had the honor in life to accomplish many things for the good of everyone because of this poem and I thank you Emily Dickenson.(Report)Reply

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  • bghhh (6/7/2018 5:25:00 PM)

    ; lkjn hbvgtfcdsxzwszwsaz(Report)Reply

    Tavin(3/5/2019 12:52:00 PM)

    Love it 😍

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  • martin (5/24/2018 9:07:00 PM)

    when the was this written(Report)Reply

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  • Hdjgbcbcbcgk (5/10/2018 3:49:00 PM)

    Huhbvccfuikjhmfb cbryetqtdhdjdstupid(Report)Reply

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  • Pikachugurl123 (4/10/2018 3:06:00 PM)

    This poem is so beautiful and touching.I love it.(Report)Reply

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  • caley (11/22/2017 10:57:00 AM)

    very satisfying she did a good job(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/5/2016 9:24:00 PM)

    ......most wonderful, beautiful thoughts from a beautiful heart ★(Report)Reply

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  • Valentin SavinValentin Savin (5/21/2016 4:56:00 AM)

    Here is my Russian translation of this poem:

    Валентин САВИН - Valentin Savin
    (мои переводы) My translation into Russian

    Эмили Дикинсон

    Когда б я людям помогла,
    Жила бы не напрасно.
    Когда бы чью-то жизнь спасла,
    Кто чувствовал ужасно,
    Иль подняла в гнездо птенца,
    То стало б ясно –
    Живу я не напрасно.(Report)Reply

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  • Valentin SavinValentin Savin (5/21/2016 4:54:00 AM)

    I like it! So touching, full of love and compassion.(Report)Reply

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  • Thomas CaseThomas Case (11/28/2015 6:10:00 PM)

    very simple and very touching....I shall not live in vain It's helping mankind and being kind to all creatures that gives life meaning and purpose.(Report)Reply

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  • Frank Avon (5/8/2015 11:01:00 PM)

    Did Emily Dickinson really write this poem? It just doesn't sound like her - neither the sentiment, nor the style. Her poems are almost never so straightforward, nor her versification so regular. It's more sentimental and trite than any other of her poems that I can recollect. Is it possible that one of her early editors inserted it? Does it exist in her own handwriting? I'm just curious.(Report)Reply

    Practicing PoetessPracticing Poetess(3/11/2017 6:37:00 PM)

    As a poet myself, I can say conclusively that she DID write this poem, and not simply based on what we learned in school. A writer's style can change, morph, or evolve over the years. Also, what kind of day you are having affects your writing content- - a good day filled with gratitude, or one full of tragedy. And Miss Dickinson was no stranger to tragedy! This could have been one of her earlier poems, from when she was younger. She certainly did love birds, and could identify with a broken heart.

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  • Saraswathy Amma Mannayath Raman (4/2/2015 10:31:00 PM)

    words flow from heart, feelings linger in soul.
    whatelse one need expect from THE poet(Report)Reply

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  • 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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001