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If I can stop one heart from breaking
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.


This poem is in the public domain.




Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886) is considered a major American poet, though she was not accorded this honor until well after her death, when her younger sister discovered and began to share the enormous body of work that Emily left behind. A recluse who almost always wore white, Emily was born to a prominent Massachusetts family and spent the bulk of her life inside her home in Amherst. Only seven of her poems were published during her lifetime, and virtually none were published as originally written until the mid 1950s. (Emily's odd punctuation, capitalization, and formatting did not meet with standard publishing  ?approval" for earlier editions.)  There is a whimsical nature to many of her poems, although the subject of death was the most frequent recurring theme.






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A beautiful poem maybe her best. You can here the poem in music by Jake Heggie as sung by Rene Flemming. Makes the poem even more beautiful.
Posted 09/14/2016 03:43 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful thought.
Posted 09/14/2016 01:20 PM
A delight to revisit. Thanks, Emily & Jayne, too. Smiles.
Posted 09/14/2016 12:18 PM
Posted 09/14/2016 10:16 AM
A sweet poem.she must have been a delightful person
Posted 09/14/2016 09:19 AM
In a world full of what's-in-it-for-mes,this poem gives me hope.
Posted 09/14/2016 07:53 AM
What a wonderful poem to read with a very early coffee. Thank you Jayne, Emily Dickinson is one of my favourite poets. This one should be savoured slowly and thoughtfully.
Posted 09/14/2016 03:15 AM

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