I'm Nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson

Summary: I'm Nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson is a poem of voice which speaks out about one's private and public thoughts of the self.

Verse 1:

  • Although the person in this poem appears to be a private person, the person does not lose curiosity for the outside world
  • The person claims to be "nobody" and wonders if everyone else is too, but doesn't really know because the person is probably secluded; Person:"Are you - Nobody - Too?"
  • It is apparent that the person here just wants to be left alone and private and asks if there are other "nobody's" around to please keep it to themselves unless they didn't want to be Nobody anymore
  • This person is not fearful of being a "nobody"

Verse 2:

  • The person expresses their feelings on the publicity of one's self and "how dreary" it would be to be "Somebody!"
  • It seems that the speaker would not or does not like the feeling of being "public" or having fans of admiration

Other Notes:

  • There's a feeling that this might be the voice of the author which may not be the case
  • The speaker in this case might be a mask that Emily Dickinson uses to portray a convincing voice

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