poet Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

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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 -- you know!

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

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 15, 2001
Poem Edited: Monday, May 2, 2011

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  • bladee (4/17/2020 3:22:00 AM)

    go listen to EXETER right now

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  • it scary (4/10/2020 11:05:00 AM)

    hia gorgey come get your boat

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  • Lauren (11/22/2019 7:08:00 PM)

    You're missing the word " us" ! ugh! every word meant something too Emily.
    They'd banish us, you know....

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  • peotry hater (11/6/2019 1:35:00 PM)

    potry is stupid! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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  • Me not like poetry (4/17/2019 3:22:00 PM)

    I have to do poetry asighn ment

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  • Angelina (12/2/2018 3:54:00 AM)

    Add a commenti lik this poems

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  • sharon (10/23/2018 10:01:00 AM)

    i love this poem because i am nobody silent invisible unnoticeable / that is factual or so i thought/i know not/

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  • sharon (5/20/2018 1:06:00 PM)

    how would one really know.. why would i be that careless //

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  • sharon (5/20/2018 1:02:00 PM)

    it was in relation to my life not another.. // lunchables like really //

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  • Susie (4/16/2018 8:45:00 PM)

    I remember this poem from my childhood, many years ago. Sometimes, it seemed like just a silly little poem. Other times, it was a serious statement of how I felt at a particular time. All these years later, it's become a very pleasant memory.

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  • Emily Dickinson (3/1/2018 8:40:00 AM)

    I regret making this poem

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  • sharon (1/10/2018 1:44:00 PM)

    cant change it because of me being stupid /macintosh /

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  • Bacilia Rodriguez (12/22/2017 9:08:00 AM)

    My life story written in a great poem

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  • Bacilia Rodriguez (12/22/2017 8:57:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem

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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (11/19/2016 3:49:00 AM)

    It is nice to be famous or well known person....but for that reason we can not lose our privacy or freedom... usual Emily's beautiful style- 10

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  • * Sunprincess * (4/30/2016 6:20:00 PM)

    ......one fabulous poem with two great stanzas, everyone is a somebody, even if they aren't famous ★

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  • Austin WarwickAustin Warwick (11/20/2015 2:40:00 PM)

    This will forever be my favorite poem.

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  • Luis Mendoza (11/13/2015 9:35:00 AM)

    We have come to a point where we dont realize the meaning of ourselves. Makes sense? All we do is just wonder of like lost souls but dont take the time to find meaning of life...

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  • Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth 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.

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    Pussy Head69 APussy Head69 A(9/7/2016 4:23:00 PM)

    whore

    Pussy Head69 APussy Head69 A(9/7/2016 4:19:00 PM)

    Very gay comment indeed. Your forehead is condemned to nothingness.

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  • 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...

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