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

  • (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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  • (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

  • (6/7/2018 5:25:00 PM)

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

    Love it 😍

  • (5/24/2018 9:07:00 PM)

    when the was this written (Report) Reply

  • (5/10/2018 3:49:00 PM)

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  • (4/10/2018 3:06:00 PM)

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

  • (11/22/2017 10:57:00 AM)

    very satisfying she did a good job (Report) Reply

  • (6/5/2016 9:24:00 PM)

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

  • Valentin 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

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

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

  • Thomas 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

  • (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 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.

  • (4/2/2015 10:31:00 PM)

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

  • (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

  • 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

  • (3/23/2015 4:57:00 PM)

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

  • Abdulrazak Aralimatti (3/23/2015 5:52:00 AM)

    Very compassionate indeed. (Report) Reply

  • 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

  • (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

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

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