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

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Comment 66 of 956, added on December 20th, 2005 at 9:34 PM.

Min Yee--

There are various versions of Emily's poetry because she did not submit
them for publishing herself. Her brother and sister-in-law reworded some of
her poetry after her death to make it more understandable. I can only
imagine that the poem was reworded at this time.

Kristin from United States
Comment 65 of 956, added on December 18th, 2005 at 8:34 AM.

In this poem, the speaker introduce herself as unimportant. Here she mocks
the pretension of the public world by imaging public figure as bull frogs.
The speaker also describes public opinion as a swamp, something one sinks
into, not some thing you would respect. She also implies that any other
person of modesty would be hiding out with her free from the bog. She
rhymes "Frog" and "Bog" to describe the somebody which she is making fun
of.

Schneiderman from Germany
Comment 64 of 956, added on December 6th, 2005 at 4:39 PM.

That is one of my favorite poems;my favorite poem by Emilie!

Personal from United States
Comment 63 of 956, added on November 11th, 2005 at 9:29 PM.

I like this poem a lot. I think what she might've been trying to say is
that its better to be nobody-as long as you're happy-than to be a somebody
just to please others. Don't get me wrong-I don't think its all about
pleasing yourself, but if you're just putting on a show, that's not cool.

Emily
Comment 62 of 956, added on November 7th, 2005 at 3:09 PM.

hello i am the muffin man and i liked the poem im depressed so i can relate
to the poem and if u want some muffins call 1-800-muf-fins.

Muffin Man from United States
Comment 61 of 956, added on October 31st, 2005 at 4:49 PM.

I really liked it. she put her feeling into the poem you can really tell
were she is coming from. It is like she is asking sombody who do they
think they are or who there pretendind to be. She makes me want to be a
poem writer

Jazmin from United States
Comment 60 of 956, added on October 24th, 2005 at 12:04 PM.

Sorry about how the post looked. The coment post box did not implement my
"enter" key to show line endings. Webmaster, is there a key to hit for line
endings?

Min Yee from United States
Comment 59 of 956, added on October 24th, 2005 at 11:57 AM.

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's the pair of us -- don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

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

from "advertise" to "banish" there's a 180-degree difference. (I did not
read all 6 pages of the comments to this poem, and this might have been
posted already. If so, I'm sorry. Could anyone comment on why there would
be various versions of her poetry?

Min Yee from United States
Comment 58 of 956, added on October 20th, 2005 at 8:26 AM.

I think that it means being a nobody is important and you shouldn't
advertise yourself. Being a somebody is horrible because you have to live
in the public eye living as someone your not entertaining people who don't
really matter anyway.

Heather from United States
Comment 57 of 956, 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

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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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