emily dickinson (2)

emily dickinson (2) - Carl Crittenden December 9 2006 Lit...

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Carl Crittenden December 9, 2006 Lit 2pm MWF “If I can stop one heart from breaking” (page 42) by Emily Dickinson “If I can stop one heart from breaking” is a poem that describes what Emily Dickinson feels is important to accomplish in life. Her first line “If I can stop one heart from breaking” is saying that if she can make someone happy or improve someone’s life, then something wonderful has happened. That something is in the second line where she says “I shall not live in vain.” If someone lives in vain, that person’s life was worthless or insignificant. Emily Dickinson wants the reader to understand that if he or she does something for someone else, then his or her life is meaningful to at least someone. Emily Dickinson then goes on to write other examples of how to prevent someone’s life from being in vain. She writes lines such as “If I can ease one life the aching” and “or cool one pain” that emphasize the notion that when a person helps someone with his or her life then his or her life is also better. “If I can ease one life the
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