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

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Comment 94 of 994, 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 994, 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.
xNelson
(high school senior)

Nelson from United States
Comment 92 of 994, added on February 26th, 2007 at 7:33 PM.

Is it possible that Emily was actually compltley insane and that we are all
over analyzing this. The reason, because the frog refrence makes no sense
to the rest of the poem. I think its very possible she was just completley
insane

Alan from United States
Comment 91 of 994, added on February 21st, 2007 at 9:18 AM.

what Ryan said is so true!!! I'd rather be a Nobody 10 times more than be a
somebody. I wouldnt know how to act if i werent being myself! I wouldnt
want to be a around a frog, someone thats tryin to hard to fit in when
everyones born to stand out in their own way! be happy in your OWN SKIN!!!!

Dora ( from Freedom HIGH) from United States
Comment 90 of 994, added on February 20th, 2007 at 11:45 AM.

what`s "hush can nununan casa flinken heish ulgen hoffer bolshi haethen
shetr klinken" mean???

can someone translate for me?

becky! from Belarus
Comment 89 of 994, added on February 13th, 2007 at 7:32 PM.

I think this poem is really inspiring and I think Emily has a wide range of
knowledge. From my perspective, Emily is telling you to be yourself, and
being like everyone else is boring.

Shiv
Comment 88 of 994, added on January 2nd, 2007 at 2:56 AM.

i like almost all emily's but i can say this is one of them i like the
most. it's inspiring me to be someone that never cares of what people may
think of us before we really do what we intend to do. if one somebody can
banish or publish us, what will happen if we can't manage being with many
of them :)

oftentime, a poem is stronger in supporting me than anything can give...

rike from Indonesia
Comment 87 of 994, added on April 23rd, 2006 at 3:48 PM.

Actually Renne, the correct quotation is:

I Am Nobody Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then thereís a pair of usódonít tell!
Theyíd 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!

In Her Orginal poem,she did not use a contration.

I love ALL of Emily's poems,and the first time i read this one(I think it
was 4th grade)I fell in love with it!

Maura from United States
Comment 86 of 994, added on April 14th, 2006 at 4:46 PM.

I like her poem. It's really good she inspires me to be the best I can. Its
a great poem

Sapphireyes from Australia
Comment 85 of 994, added on April 14th, 2006 at 4:46 PM.

Emily Dickinson inspired me in all ways. Shes not only my favorite poet,but
I feel as if she wrote this poem to me and I'm not just saying that because
we have the same name! She is soo wonderful, more than ever!!!!!!

Emily Miller 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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