Language and style

By reading this subchapter, you can have a better understanding of the language and style of “If I Can Stop one Heart from Breaking” wrote by Emily Dickinson. Here you can read about the following elements as concearns the style and language of the poem.

Playing with language

This poem by Emily Dickinson does not really play with language. It is quite straightforward as it represents the poet’s wishes and her life’s purpose. Still, one word may be worth analyzing in terms of playing with language. The word “cool” (l. 4) may have different meanings. One the one hand, it may suggest that the poet is trying to calm a person down by making him/her regain self-control. On the other hand, the word makes the reader think about something cold; this way, the author may suggest that the person whom she is talking about is probably hot-headed or angry at someone.

Tense

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