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

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Comment 102 of 412, added on March 29th, 2008 at 6:38 PM.

this is a very funny poem it epitomizes the poet's humor; it reveals
Dickinson's tendency towards concealment and evasion, it also consolidates
her preference for disguise as she eschews public scrutiny and flees social
exhibition. She is a private poet and she conveys this through this poem

Comment 101 of 412, added on February 26th, 2008 at 4:31 PM.

So I really found this poem interesting.
I agree that I feel this poem is saying "Yea! I'm a nobody! Who cares?"
I also found the frog part interesting, but what I don't understant is "the
livelong June" is there a reference I am missing?

Rissaa from United States
Comment 100 of 412, added on December 12th, 2007 at 5:46 AM.

Emily Dickinson is not talking about not having friends. It is much deeper
than that. She comments on being a nobody, and she also comments on being
banished. Isnt a nobody already banished from society either by themselves
or by society? She didn't want to have friends... she like many other
transcendentalist believed in SELF-RELIANCE. If she is not bringing up the
idea that Nobodies are already banished, than surely her stating that she
is a nobody is just another way of expressing her and Emerson's (whom which
she was greatly inspired by) views on the poet not being above anybody

Carson from United States
Comment 99 of 412, added on November 6th, 2007 at 10:06 AM.

Well this comment has alot of meaning to it.
Seems as if she is trying to tell you to be yourself...

Jade from United States
Comment 98 of 412, added on October 13th, 2007 at 5:25 AM.

Emily Dickensen's poem has been inferenced, analysed and crtisised!
Wow! I am surprised with the intrinsic interest in this poem.
I will add my own interpretation; and inference this poem using an old
Chinese proverb; source unknown;'...he who has a lot to say; says too much
and not enough, he has no depth in the spoken word. He who speaks little
has much to say and has depth in what he says...'
I hope this inferencing is clear and understood.

Filona from Australia
Comment 97 of 412, added on May 20th, 2007 at 2:45 PM.

whenever i feeling low, i write this poem out anywher and i read it and
read it then i cry, i feel emily write it for me i related to this poem.
really it is agood poem

ghalia from Saudi Arabia
Comment 96 of 412, added on May 13th, 2007 at 7:57 AM.

Yes okay! We all get that being quite and mysterious is great but isn't
this poem telling us to be ourselves have any of you ever considered that
maybe the loud people in your class are being themselves. How on earth
would you no if you don't talk to them and label them as something they are
not. You never judge someone just because of the way they look, wear etc
stop labeling them by societys acceptance of it. maybe the loud people are
affraid of being themselves maybe they are being themselves did you ever
consider the fact that it might be the quite people that are scared of
being themselves. loud and outgoing people are being themselves see you get
it they couldn't give a rats what you people think cause they are enjoying
life and expressing their feelings "being themselves"

Anna from Australia
Comment 95 of 412, added on May 11th, 2007 at 10:08 AM.

To be nobody, that's Emily 's style,and that's Emily always wanted to be

Layla from China
Comment 94 of 412, added on April 12th, 2007 at 3:39 PM.

This poem of Emily Dickinsonís, Iím nobody who are you?, is very
comforting. I think the intent of this poem is to cheer you up when youíre
feeling down and lonely. Itís supposed to remind you that whatever
situation youíre in, whatever your feeling, youíre not alone. Someone else
is feeling the same way you are. When Emily mentions nobodies, I think she
means a person who is powerless and canít change what or who they are.
Because Emily continued to use I she is considering herself a nobody. This
makes sense because she was very isolated her whole life and didnít feel
important while living.

emy from United States
Comment 93 of 412, added on April 10th, 2007 at 8:26 PM.

The frog reference does make sense. I haven't read too many previous posts
so I don't know if this is explained or not but the similie that Dickinson
uses to compare "somebodies" to frogs is genius. Frogs croak constantly
making their existence known to the whole "bog" (swamp). We can also infer
from this poem that Dickinson did consider herself a "nobody" because she
was not well known while she was alive and only 10 of her poems were
published. She does however illustrate a luxury in being a nobody that the
dreary somebodies cannot understand.
(high school senior)

Nelson from United States

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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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