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


"I'm Nobody! Who are You?" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. In it, Dickinson seems quite happy that she is a "nobody". She says that if other people knew, they would banish her. She goes on to say, "How dreary to be somebody!" and even compares the people who are admiring those sombodies to frogs.

This poem is written as two stanzas with four lines each. The second and fourth lines contain six syllables while being rhymed perfectly. The first and third lines are written in longer lines without meter structure.

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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 us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

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19th Century

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