Life in Vain Dickinson by thomas holt

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 5

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.

The theme is what she hopes to accomplish before death.

Title : “If I can stop one heart from breaking” - what she feels would happen if she could do it

Paraphrase: Her life would not be in vain if she could do one thing to help another person

Connotation: Repetition to make the points of her not living in vain and her need for that more prominent.

Attitude/Tone: Hopeful that she will accomplish this ; dreamy

Title: The title is the opening line of the poem and is actually just one a list of items she wishes she could do

Theme: The theme is what she hopes to accomplish before death.

Metaphor: “One heart breaking” - heart will not literally break but this represents the person’s emotions hurting

It is extremely reflective of her life and what she wished to accomplish. The poem was straight forward in that way.

I think this was a really a good look on life. She wanted her life to matter. She did not see her life as mattering in superficial ways but she saw it as if she helped another than her life mattered. This is something everyone can take away from. Our lives should help others and shouldn't be all about ourselves.

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