Emily Dickinson

(10 December 1830 – 15 May 1886 / Amherst / Massachusetts)

I'M Nobody! Who Are You? - Poem by Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -- don't tell!
They'd banish -- you know!

How dreary to be somebody!
How public like a frog
To tell one's name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!


Comments about I'M Nobody! Who Are You? by Emily Dickinson

  • Silver Star - 3,706 Points Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (4/13/2015 9:03:00 AM)

    Very entertaining indeed. Nobody's worth is not condemned to nothingness. And the identity of those who are known and popular is neither something upheld by the author. Pleased to read this. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 4,494 Points John Richter (4/13/2015 6:52:00 AM)

    I agree. Though I would suggest she is speaking of busy-bodies, more so than just the local affluents. And this is certainly another example of Emily's timeless portrayal of this life, for I see these people everywhere today...... They simply have a need to be the center of attention... 'tis so much nicer to be a nobody... (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,385 Points Rakhi Jayashankar (4/13/2015 6:19:00 AM)

    however famous and successful u become, u should realize that ur nobody
    that humility should be dre
    and being famous cost you your privacy (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 22,884 Points Kim Barney (4/13/2015 5:17:00 AM)

    This may be how she actually felt about herself at times. She was such a recluse and wouldn't go out in public. (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,763 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (4/13/2015 5:13:00 AM)

    It's not easy to be famous and it's not always a very exciting thing...that's what this poem tries to say (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,763 Points Jasbir Chatterjee (4/13/2015 5:12:00 AM)

    Fame is not always a very pleasant thing...that's what this poem means to say... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,252 Points Luis Estable (4/13/2015 5:08:00 AM)

    With being somebody comes responsibility, so I know well what she is triyng to say here.

    Great poem this is; short but it says so much like most of her poems.

    Luis Estable (Report) Reply

  • Rookie George T Enoch (4/11/2015 6:29:00 AM)

    she is a great poet (Report) Reply

  • Rookie George T Enoch (4/11/2015 6:28:00 AM)

    she is a great poet (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 826 Points Birgitta Abimbola Heikka (11/25/2014 8:31:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem by Emily Dickinson. I think being somebody is actually scary. More peaceful not to be known in a public way. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Tracy Watson Brown (7/17/2013 1:14:00 PM)

    She knew full well she was somebody... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John Paul (6/24/2013 5:04:00 AM)

    I was approached by an ESL student and asked what does this mean?

    To tell one's name the livelong day
    To an admiring bog!

    I was baffled at first! then with quick analysis. I assumed It was perhaps famous, maybe even well to do (rich, snorty nosed) people given the time it was wrote.
    Maybe even a person bragging all day (livelong day) whom they are!
    And the people looking in admiration, stupid/low people (hence bog) . Not worthing themselves! giving credit to others.
    They should forget them and admire themselves!
    I think Nobody is an inapropiate word to use. She is somebody just not a famous somebody! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John Paul (6/24/2013 5:02:00 AM)

    I was approached by an ESL student and asked what does this mean?

    To tell one's name the livelong day
    To an admiring bog!

    I was baffled at first! then with quick analysis. I assumed It was perhaps famous, maybe even well to do people given the time it was wrote.
    Maybe even a person bragging all day (livelong day) whom they are!
    And the people looking in admiration, stupid/low people (hence bog) . Not worthying themselves! giving credit to others.
    We should forget them and admire ourselves!
    I think Nobody is an inapropiate word to use. We are somebody just not a famous somebody! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Gemini Featherstone (1/12/2009 8:04:00 PM)

    This poem really gives you the outsider's point of view. I love her similes, too! It's true-if you admit that you''re nobody, people really will mark you for it. It's a terrible truth, but I love her mindset in this poem; that she's Nobody, but she thinks that it would be 'dreary to be Somebody! ' By the way, Emily-I'm Nobody too! :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dmitriy Kokarev (2/23/2008 7:22:00 AM)

    I think this is one of the very few timeless poems that in very few lines capture a really big point and deliver the message...
    Her fascination with remaining unique and not wanting to blend into the society (bog) is still very much applicable now...
    Great piece by a Great Poet! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Brianna Edler (1/5/2008 7:21:00 PM)

    There was two ways I believe that she wrote this...
    the way above and this way...
    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! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Samah Mcgona (5/10/2006 2:03:00 PM)

    The words are differnet because we are learning the poem now and I'm pretty sure the one in our english book says some thing differen. still a lovely poem though
    xxooxxo (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Marcy Jarvis (10/22/2005 5:06:00 AM)

    It's just between us girls... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie M Michaud (5/22/2004 4:18:00 PM)

    onw of the best poems ever written! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Poem Edited: Monday, May 2, 2011


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