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

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Comment 112 of 1022, added on December 14th, 2009 at 5:38 PM.

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 1022, 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 1022, 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

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 1022, 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 1022, 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

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 107 of 1022, added on April 12th, 2009 at 2:33 PM.

the frog is the one who wants to be known by the others, so it couldnt
understand the dash, because it requires your own interpretation, and if
you are someone you will be conditioned by society, so you won't have any
individual interpretation of anything.

texe from Spain
Comment 106 of 1022, added on December 14th, 2008 at 9:16 AM.

Well, the poem is just simple to the reader
Emily used simple words to tell ppl that being nobody is just fine, she
critisizs Fame and popularity,a person must just be themselves, and i
personally luv this poem. I read it 3 yrs ago, and im simply astonished
since she wrote the poem in the 1930's !!since she wrote the poem in the
1930's !!

Sarah from United Arab Emirates
Comment 105 of 1022, added on December 2nd, 2008 at 2:04 PM.

(Chime in) Together as a class, we were silent for twenty minutes after
reading this poem; a few people left the room in tears. We are just
kidding, but in all seriousness, Emily Dickinson rocks. We thought this
was a very conversational poem - the dashes - the diction such as "bog" -
the syntax - the simile of being a frog - all add to this tone. We should
celebrate being anonymous. Oh, and this poem rhymes; it is clearly a valid,
intellectual piece of poetry.

AP Lit and Comp Class of Nobodies from United States
Comment 104 of 1022, added on May 10th, 2008 at 3:38 PM.

i really was inspired by this poem especially this one. wht can i say to
the whole world :


just fight for ur own rights dnt do wht society thinks is right ,they just
think being like evr1 is da right thing to do ,oh no thy r wrg at tht

noor from Turkey
Comment 103 of 1022, added on April 4th, 2008 at 1:36 PM.

im no body means that she is against fame she isolates herself from this
society cares only 4 outer appearance and showing off so some body is the
opposite of no body as somebody is this showy peson she appreciated hard
work so u can evaluate one by his work and his innerself also speaking
about her personal side she defends herself as she was attacked in her
writtings so the title shows her confidence its her own experience in life
the poem is very deep has a moral lesson

yara from Egypt

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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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