2. In Dickinson’s poem “If I can stop one heart from breaking,” she was expressing “life” by showing a desire to stop a person from having their heart broken. A broken heart can come from a relationship, a death, or any of the typical hardships that people go through in life. She was expressing that if she was able to stop one person ...
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...eathers conjures up hope by the phrase itself. Feathers represent hope because feathers enable you to fly and offer the image of flying away, fleeing to a new hope, a new beginning and a new life. In contrast, broken feathers or a broken wing would ground a person, and conjures up the image of a needy person who had been beaten down by life, leaving feelings of hopelessness. This person’s wings therefore have indeed been broken and they no longer have the power to feel hope. In the second stanza, "That perches in the soul," Dickinson continues to use the imagery of a bird to describe hope. Hope, she is implying, perches or roosts in our soul. The soul is the home for hope. It can also be seen as a metaphor via imagery and auditory. Hope rests in a person’s soul, the same way a bird rests on its perch, imagery, and beautifully and methodically sings, auditory.
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