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Emily Dickinson

"I'm Nobody! Who Are You?"
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Transcript of Emily Dickinson

"I'm Nobody!
Who Are You?"

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886)
An American poet born
in Amherst, Massachusetts
"I'm Nobody! Who Are You?"
I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a 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!

What Do You Think
This Poem Is About?
Turn and talk to your partner about
this poem.

What is Dickinson talking about?

Look again using the strategy of:
A recluse and an eccentric
Wrote hundreds of poems (nearly 800) but
less than 12 were published when she was alive
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Poetry Reading Strategy
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Title
Paraphrase
Connotation
Attitude
Shift
Title
A lyric poem
Lyric Poetry
The Poem
Type of Work
All on the folly of seeking fame!
Poetry that presents the deep feelings and emotions of the poet as opposed to poetry that tells a story or presents a witty observation.
Examples:
Sonnets
Odes
Elegies
The word lyric derives from the Greek word for
lyre
a stringed instrument in use since ancient times
"I'm Nobody! Who Are You?"
2 Stanzas
which each contain
4 lines
only

A 4 lined stanza is called a
quatrain
The Theme
(The message)
It is better to be a humble nobody than a proud somebody
*After all, proud somebodies need to spend their time telling the world how great they are!
Meter

................1.................2...............3................4
How DREAR..|..y TO..|..be SOME..|..bod Y!
......1...........................2...............3
How PUB..|..lic, LIKE..|..a FROG
............1.................2..................3......................4
To TELL..|..your NAME..|..the LIVE..|..long DAY
....1..................2..................3
To AN..|..ad MI..|..ring BOG!

*The meter of the first line varies because the stressed and unstressed syllables do not follow a single pattern.
* The poem alternates between
iambic tetrameter

and
iambic trimeter
End Rhyme
Assonance
The
Use
of
Rhyme
No regular scheme
Line 1 rhymes with 2
Line 6 rhymes with 8
All of the rhymes are masculine
Can you spot the rhyme?
1. Are you nobody, too?
2. Then there's a pair of us-- don't tell! (lines 1-3)
Satire
The poem satirizes (makes fun of) glory seekers
as well as their admiring fans
Can you think of a situation where there are glory seekers in the present day? Who are their fans?
Turn to your partner to discuss
Engaging the Reader
She brings in the reader
by using pronouns
such as
You
and
Us
We
Your
Dickinson enhances the appeal
of the poem
Ironically, she makes you feel like "somebody"
Alliteration
Anaphora
Simile
Poetic Devices
Then there's (line 3)

To tell your name the livelong day (line 7)
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog (lines 5-6)
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day (lines ___ - ___)
*(Comparison of the speaker's listener/reader
to a frog.)
Have A look at your
"Study Questions and Writing Topics"
Please complete two of the responses
(3/4 -1 page each singe-spaced)

Write down your answer on a lined piece of
paper (preferably in your journal)

Your writing needs to be neat, on the line, and without scribbling or scratched out
words.

Due on ____________.
3. To tell your name the livelong day (line 7)
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