Famous Inspirational Poem

This poem is by Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). Like all the rest of her poems, the poem does not have a title and is called by the first line of the poem. Dickinson had the gift of saying a tremendous amount in a few perfectly succinct words. The poem's message is simple and self-explanatory. If I can ease the burden of a fellow living creature, "I shall not live in vain."

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The poem transmits the meaning of helping from the heart, reaching out to those in need and soothing the pain felt by others. It doesn't need a hero to work wonders, only need a heart to...

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If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking

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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.

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  • Georgina F. Yong by Georgina F. Yong, Malaysia
  • 4 months ago

The poem transmits the meaning of helping from the heart, reaching out to those in need and soothing the pain felt by others. It doesn't need a hero to work wonders, only need a heart to reach another heart, and we shall live a better tomorrow...

  • IGEGE Adedola Ann by IGEGE Adedola Ann
  • 11 months ago

The poem teaches me that it is good to always help others so as to be fulfilled in life. Fantastic!

  • Ga by Ga
  • 2 years ago

The poem itself makes me to feel like I am a very important person when I help others.

  • Tia by Tia, Jordan
  • 5 years ago

I love this poem so much because it relates to me. Whenever I help someone, or just do anything good, I feel like I actually did something meaningful. This reminds me of when I saved a little boy from drowning, I felt SO GOOD. Beautiful.

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