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Analysis and comments on I'm Nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 53 of 353, added on October 5th, 2005 at 6:33 AM.

I dont lke it. im not tryin to be mean but i did not just get it, at all.

Curtis from United States
Comment 52 of 353, added on September 29th, 2005 at 5:29 PM.

does anyone know what, "How public like a Frog
To tell one's name the livelong June
To an admiring Bog!" means???

justin from United States
Comment 51 of 353, added on September 16th, 2005 at 12:18 AM.

Very positive. Dickenson's way of placing questions in print albiet in poem
is worth pondering. It gives life! Life full of allusions.

edgar r. eslir from Philippines
Comment 50 of 353, added on September 11th, 2005 at 2:25 PM.

I think she sounds very depressed. I feel sorry for her. Does anybody know
when Emily Dickinson wrote this poem?

susan from United States
Comment 49 of 353, added on July 26th, 2005 at 3:30 PM.

It means that if you want to be somebody you don't have to look for
This poem is very likely to the "Rumi"'s which said I found being somebody
in being nobody.

milad from Iran
Comment 48 of 353, added on July 20th, 2005 at 5:50 PM.

this is, certainly, an escape from vanality of this materialism. she has
reached a higher level...spiritualism maybe.
she compares somebody with frogs! it is easy to be somebody, but being
nobody is too much harder...
good poem

kin from Chile
Comment 47 of 353, added on July 13th, 2005 at 8:03 AM.

I was introduced to this poem when I was 10, and whenever I'm feeling low,
I write it out somewhere and I'll read and read and cry over it.
I can really relate to it and someone--well, Emily Dickinson, actually
understood what it felt like and how it was to a nobody and used the status
of what she was, a poet, to encourage other nobodies around the world,
namely, me. No matter what and when or how many years later, it will still
be my favourite poem.
Anyway, it's been 5 years since I first knew this poem.

Glass from Singapore
Comment 46 of 353, added on June 30th, 2005 at 5:14 PM.

Jennifer, I was at another website and someone mentioned the poem as you
have stated, but that version is called Banish us. Banish replaces one's
with you and June with Day. Also the forth line in I'm nobody reads as
follows Don't tell!! they'd adverise-you know! Versus your version that
uses the word bansih. I would really like to know what others think about
there being multi versions of the same poem. I also read that Emily would
frequently send her poems to friends then change the poem based on their
feedback. I think this is a great example where this could have happened.

Alicia from United States
Comment 45 of 353, added on June 16th, 2005 at 7:06 PM.

I think that her poem is saying that you need to be yourself and not let
society try to mold into everyone else. Go Emily!!

Lauren from United States
Comment 44 of 353, added on June 8th, 2005 at 1:51 PM.

In the poem, "I'm nobody!Who are you?", the direct meaning will always be
'be yourself' and 'don't let anyone try and change you because being you is
But she is already making it seem that people who don't fit in with one
group, can fit in another. Dickinson had wanted to be cut off from the
world, for reasons unknown. She always did have a bad taste in men.(all the
men she liked were married, and none of them wanted to leave their wives
for her.)

Tish from Algeria

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 288. I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: May 8 2006

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