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

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Comment 117 of 947, added on April 17th, 2010 at 2:25 PM.
I'm nobody

I've loved this poem since first read some 40 years ago. It has never been
truer than now. Absolutely prophetic.

Karen from United States
Comment 116 of 947, added on March 30th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Hotel in Muenster
Comment 115 of 947, added on March 8th, 2010 at 12:00 AM.
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Comment 114 of 947, added on February 21st, 2010 at 3:14 AM.
Discovery of the Universal in Personal

Dickinson unlike Wordsworth researches her true self .The background
without and the within her had an incessant battle till her demise .She was
spiritually throbbed ,even having no religious cult .Hers was a life of
seclusion ,austerity ,ordeal ,and non attachment .
In "I'm Nobody ,Who are you" ,the poetess signals a
few words as ,- Bog ,Frog ,June and advertise .In those four words she
reveals her mystic -feelings and warns the blunt headed worldly-
religious-people who like a toad jump here and there knowing never not the
truth .God needs no advertise .The apparent world itself is His canvas .To
a seer He gets mirrored as "the livelong June" ,calm ,fresh ,and beauteous
.Living in marshland , the frog-like fanatics announce the merits and
demerits of their profit-reasoned religion.
Emily's realisation is certainly an aspirant's feeling .In fact we are
none to display , advise , and command
Every one of us is in his/her own platform .
Subrata Ray .Mousumipara.Uluberia .West Bengal .India


Subrata Ray from India
Comment 113 of 947, added on January 9th, 2010 at 1:21 PM.
I'm Nobody...text

For those who were concened about the "word changes" in the version of "I'm
nobody" that was posted: "Advertise" and "June" are actually Dickinson's
words from the original manuscripts. She may have suggested "Banish us"
and "bog" as alternates, but in the latest edition of her complete works,
the editor Ralph Franklin has opted for "Advertise" and "June" as her
preferred choices. Remember, she never had a chance to do the editng of
her work. The original published poems were edited by others.

David Garnes from United States
Comment 112 of 947, added on December 14th, 2009 at 5:38 PM.
MORE OF THE SAME

Who is the miserable jerk-off who changed Emily's words? These are not the
original words. Emily said nothing about "advertising." She did say "They'd
banish us, you know." Thus the poem is about isolation, not being made
publically exposed. For Emily, banishing was good. She liked that. Because,
as the poem says, she wasn't a part of all the stupidity all around her.
Sounds lika a good sentiment for today!

James Onfriday from United States
Comment 111 of 947, added on October 12th, 2009 at 10:45 AM.

I was so disappointed when reading this poem on this site because it is
misquoted from the original in a few places. In effect it has been
rewritten. These are not all Emily Dickenson's words.

Maureen T. from United States
Comment 110 of 947, added on July 16th, 2009 at 1:24 AM.

I read this poem as a child many moons ago....as I grow (much) older, I
appreciate the significance and depth of the prose. For me, Emily speaks of
being devoid of ego. This is an almost impossible state for most people to
imagine. In the first stanza she greets a likeminded soul who would be
banished from an egotistical society if it were made known they were
'nobodies'!

In the second stanza she questions those who believe in the need to
advertise who they are all the time and clearly shuns fame and infamy.

This piece of writing for me is one of the most assertive pieces ever
written. I think this proves you can be assertive and sure enough in your
inner self to shun 'acceptable' society, be individualistic and not bother
with the trouble of having to maintain ego!

Thanks Emily!!

Marcia from United Kingdom
Comment 109 of 947, added on July 7th, 2009 at 9:26 AM.

I'm a nobody,too.She said everyone's heart in the world. I love this poem.

Dream from China
Comment 108 of 947, added on May 25th, 2009 at 11:44 AM.

Growing up, Dickinson was a very secluded person, like her mother, she did
not go out at all, and the most human interaction she had was through
family visitors, correspondence, and eclectic reading. She was not sad that
she was quiet, she was far too advanced in her knowledge to have a
conversation with a person, she would be overwhelmed if she was around
people too long. In this poem, she recognizes that she is nobody, she is
unlike anyone else she has met. "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" she is looking
for someone who is also a "Nobody"- she does not require someone, but when
she finds someone of equal reclusiveness, she is shocked. "Are
you-Nobody-too?"- wants someone else in her life that is the same as her,
and has the same outstanding intelligence. "Then there's a pair of us?"-
she has never really met anyone that she has been compatible with and she
is finding it hard to believe that there is SOMEONE in the world that is
liek her. "Don't tell! they'd adverise- you know!"- she knows that people
look at her as an outcast, or a nobody, and she does not want to draw
attention to herself
Second Stanza
She continues on to say how dreary it would be to be somebody, and she
makes it seem like somebody's should be pitied, when in society, it is the
opposite and the nobody's are actually pitied. She is very animated in teh
second stanza, shows excitement, she admires that she is a nobody, and is
happy that she does not have to constantly be in the public- Frog- may
relate to beinig poked and prodded like an experiment, she enjoys her time
alone

Elizabeth 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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