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Comment 23 of 353, added on February 2nd, 2005 at 2:42 PM.

When you talk about Emily's poem you must remember that she would write
several versions of the same poem. For example, the differences in the
words Nobody and nobody, advertise and banish, one's name and your name,
and livelong June and livelong day. Remember Emily had Bright's
disease(leads to kidney falure), was going blind, lived in a time when
women, even thought they were exceptionally smart, weren't accepted in
professional circles as worthy of interaction, and, most were expected to
marry and become housewives. Her father and brother were lawyers and
patriarchs of the town. I think this poem may have been a result of these
factors but more specifically from her experience at school when she
refused to raise her hand ,like all the other girls, to indicate that she
accepted the religous views of the day. This resulted in the principal
bawling her out, alienation from the other students and shortly there after
leaving school. Her refusal to conform due to her strong conscience set her
apart from everyone who just raised their hand just because everyone else

Tamara from United States
Comment 22 of 353, added on February 1st, 2005 at 2:42 PM.

What I think Emily is trying to get across is that being an individual is
better then trying to be like your favorite movie star. It's what's on the
inside that counts and you shouldn't care what other's opinions of you are.
It's what you think and how you feel. Don't let the public get the best of

Megan from United States
Comment 21 of 353, added on January 19th, 2005 at 7:23 PM.

I think emily wrote this because she was emphasizing her life alone. she
did not want or need contact from the outside world.

Anonymous from United States
Comment 20 of 353, added on January 19th, 2005 at 1:43 PM.

I really enjoy writting poems and i would like to know how do i get my poem
to be famous and the top number 1 poem without being stolen

Tanesha pope from United States
Comment 19 of 353, added on January 12th, 2005 at 10:16 PM.

Notice how everybody calls her "Emily," rather than "Dickinson?" In the
Robert Frost comment section, no one talks about Robert. It's Frost. The
Walt Whitman comments all say Whitman, not Walt. I assume this is becuase
she is female. Just an observation.

Emily from United States
Comment 18 of 353, added on January 10th, 2005 at 6:56 PM.

i really like this poem because i feel exactly like this and i hope that
someday someone would like me for who i am

Helen from United States
Comment 17 of 353, added on January 6th, 2005 at 5:39 PM.

I believe this poem relates a great deal to Emily Dickinson's life and the
fact that she did not want to be public and famous.

Comment 16 of 353, added on January 6th, 2005 at 2:55 PM.

I know what she means. I lock myself in my room. Sometimes i feel like
crying because i'm nobody. My life is hard too. I have lost 2 friends
through death. I am a poet writer. I started at the age of 6. I am afraid
of death, but i write about it anyway.

karlton from United States
Comment 15 of 353, added on January 2nd, 2005 at 3:27 PM.

i love this poem i like the writing style of emily

claire from United States
Comment 14 of 353, added on December 27th, 2004 at 5:15 AM.

It would be nice if they actually got the poem correct. The correct poem

Part One: Life


I M nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there s a pair of usdont tell!
They d banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody! 5
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

Emily Dickinson (183086). Complete Poems. 1924.

Jennifer 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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