If I Could
by Emily Dickinson; TPCASTT By Lauren Snow
The title gives the impression that the poem is about possibilities because of the keyword: "If". The phrase, "If I could" makes it sound like the author wants to do something, but they are unable to do it because of a conflict.
The author is explaining that if she is able to help someone, then her life will not be without purpose.
The author is saying that her life is empty and meaningless unless she is able to help someone. She uses phrases like, "If I could stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain" to show her need to help people.
The author's tone sounds very wistful and dreamy (maybe because whenever I read the poem it ends up as a song).
I did not find a shift in this poem
I think the title represents the most often used phrase in the poem: "If I Could". It is introducing the poem and making people want to know what the author means by, "If I Could".
I think the theme of this poem is that life is empty and meaningless if you never help others.