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Comment 57 of 947, added on October 18th, 2005 at 3:08 PM.

I really like this poem. It shows a lot about Emily. This poem refers to
her time at the college Mt. Holyoke. One of her teachers, Mary Lyons,
split the class into three groups; the hopers, the Christians, and the
no-hopers. Hopers meaning people that wanted to be Christians and
no-hopers being people that did not; they minded their own business. Emily
was a no-hoper. People did not accept that at Mt. Holyoke college, and she
was considered a nobody. She was fine with that though, she didn't like to
get out, kept to herself. She didn't want to be a somebody. Somebodies
got all the attention. This is what Emily means by "how public like a
frog." Frogs are the noisy animals in a pond. They are sort of saying
"I'm the Frog!! I'm the best!! I'm the Frog!! I'm the best!!" and when do
they come out? Livelong June...

Lexi from United States
Comment 56 of 947, added on October 14th, 2005 at 5:07 AM.

who does she mean "they" in this poem? Is this somebody, famous people? if
yes, why do they banish her as she isn't at their same point? why do public
dislike "a frog"?

le ba quoc from Vietnam
Comment 55 of 947, added on October 11th, 2005 at 8:29 AM.

The frogs bit is referrring to the fact tha frogs are usually the loudest
of the bogs, hence they croak a lot and everyone hears them


Black Minstrel from Australia
Comment 54 of 947, added on October 10th, 2005 at 3:03 PM.

I think that Emily Dickinson did a good job on her poem. In that poem she
is tring to tell us that we are not no body, because we are somebody.

Ashley from United States
Comment 53 of 947, 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 947, 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 947, 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 947, 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 947, 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
name,promotion,etc.
This poem is very likely to the "Rumi"'s which said I found being somebody
in being nobody.

milad from Iran
Comment 48 of 947, 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

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Information about I'm Nobody! Who are you?

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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