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I'm Nobody, Who Are You?

Emily Dickenson

Timmy Bates

on 6 December 2012

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Transcript of I'm Nobody, Who Are You?

literary devices *A nobody is someone
doesn’t go out in public what does this poem mean? I'm Nobody! Who Are You? By: Emily Dickenson Should this poem be taught in schools? Tim Bates 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!(swamp) simile internal
rhyme Alliteration A simile is a comparison of two unlike things using like or as.

Ex. "How public, like a frog."
A rhyme involving a word in the middle of a line and another at the end of the line or in the middle of the next.

Ex. I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words

Ex. "Then There's a pair of us" What this poem means to me. In this poem Emily Dickenson is talking about how being locked inside her room is just the way she likes it. In the second stanza it states “How dreary to be somebody!”in this statement she pondered how terrible it must be to waste so much energy on other people. When she meets this other “nobody” she gets excited then rapidly adjusts her mood realizing that if she talked to this new nobody that they would both become a somebody. That’s what she means when she talks about by being banished Unknown Critic

This poem opens with a literally impossible declaration—that the speaker is “Nobody.” This nobody-ness, however, quickly comes to mean that she is outside of the public sphere; perhaps, here Dickinson is touching on her own failure to become a published poet, and thus the fact that to most of society, she is “Nobody.” Although this poem is great, it doesn't have enough literary components to justify spending the time to study. Emily Dickinson is now considered a powerful and persistent figure in American culture. Although much of the early reception concentrated on Dickinson's eccentric and secluded nature, she has become widely acknowledged as an innovative poet. Her Legacy "Dickinson's Poetry." Sparknotes. N.p., n.d. Web <http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/dickinson/section3.rhtml>. Sources
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