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

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Comment 48 of 968, 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
Comment 47 of 968, added on July 13th, 2005 at 8:03 AM.

I was introduced to this poem when I was 10, and whenever I'm feeling low,
I write it out somewhere and I'll read and read and cry over it.
I can really relate to it and someone--well, Emily Dickinson, actually
understood what it felt like and how it was to a nobody and used the status
of what she was, a poet, to encourage other nobodies around the world,
namely, me. No matter what and when or how many years later, it will still
be my favourite poem.
Anyway, it's been 5 years since I first knew this poem.

Glass from Singapore
Comment 46 of 968, added on June 30th, 2005 at 5:14 PM.

Jennifer, I was at another website and someone mentioned the poem as you
have stated, but that version is called Banish us. Banish replaces one's
with you and June with Day. Also the forth line in I'm nobody reads as
follows Don't tell!! they'd adverise-you know! Versus your version that
uses the word bansih. I would really like to know what others think about
there being multi versions of the same poem. I also read that Emily would
frequently send her poems to friends then change the poem based on their
feedback. I think this is a great example where this could have happened.

Alicia from United States
Comment 45 of 968, added on June 16th, 2005 at 7:06 PM.

I think that her poem is saying that you need to be yourself and not let
society try to mold into everyone else. Go Emily!!

Lauren from United States
Comment 44 of 968, added on June 8th, 2005 at 1:51 PM.

In the poem, "I'm nobody!Who are you?", the direct meaning will always be
'be yourself' and 'don't let anyone try and change you because being you is
unique.'
But she is already making it seem that people who don't fit in with one
group, can fit in another. Dickinson had wanted to be cut off from the
world, for reasons unknown. She always did have a bad taste in men.(all the
men she liked were married, and none of them wanted to leave their wives
for her.)

Tish from Algeria
Comment 43 of 968, added on June 5th, 2005 at 7:02 PM.

Emily Dickinson is trying to say to people all over the world that the
people who are nobodies are the most unoique peole and that just because
some one has no friends or has metal problems doesnt mean they aren't
somebody because there a nobody...the ones who arnt popular or cool in the
begining if there life become a person later that everybody wants to be
around. no one wants to hang around with someone who gets you into trouble
or does bad things to them or others.

Elizabeth from United States
Comment 42 of 968, added on June 5th, 2005 at 7:37 AM.

In the past, I always want to be somebody. so every time i'm chasing. Now,
I know I'm unique, I needn't to be somebody. Just to be myself. I'm God's
master peace, For Him I'm somebody.

luna from Taiwan
Comment 41 of 968, added on May 22nd, 2005 at 6:25 PM.

i love all of emily dickinson's poetry... especially this one because i can
really relate to it. I also like what the person that posted before said "
nobody is what everyone really is" that is so true...

Taryn from United States
Comment 40 of 968, added on May 17th, 2005 at 8:03 PM.

i think emily has a good point .. the world worries to much in being
somebody .. people need to be unique .. nobody is what everyone really is,
if you look at it my way .. A 'nobody' can actually be a good thing ..

Mari from Mexico
Comment 39 of 968, added on May 10th, 2005 at 5:29 PM.

It means that she liked to be alone, to be shut out from the world. Besides
she shut her self in her house with only her sister to take care of her, so
yes she was lonely but that made her happy.

anna 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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