I Am Someone! Writing Something!
“I’m Nobody! Who are You?” is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem reflects the themes of conformity and rebellion as well as culture and identity in so many ways. The poem conveys the main idea of being alone, isolated from the society – or being “nobody” your identity. As a result Dickinson had adapted and perhaps taken pleasure into being an outsider, whilst she found it boring to be part of the society or to be a “somebody”. These are all various ideas reflected through Emily Dickinson’s poem.
Emily Dickinson’s choice of language in this poem caught my eye it is very simple but at the same time meaningful. The first line, “I’m nobody!”, shows how Dickinson admits to be a “nobody” willingly. Being a “nobody” can mean an outsider a person who is isolated, alienated from the rest of the world and society. The second phrase of the line – “Who are you?” shows that the poem is directly written to a target. This person shown on the second line of the first stanza is a “nobody” too. The poet also realizes the fact that being a “nobody” is to be loathed by the society. This is shown in line 3, when she advises the other “nobody” not to tell, as she states in line 4 “They’d banish us”. The word “They” in the beginning of lines 3 and 4 suggests the rest of the society – people who are “somebody”, as opposed to Dickinson’s “nobody’. The use of dash in line 3 of the phrase “don’t tell!”, emphasizing the hatred or dislike they face from the society. The same effect is achieved by the use of exclamation mark in line 3. Lines 3 and 4 can also be interpreted as that after she finds another “nobody”, they are a pair not longer belong to a group of “nobodies”. She does not want to be banished from the status of being “nobodies”. She describes how terrible it is to conform to the way society wants you to be. “Don’t tell! They’d advertise you know!”. By stating the verse “they’d advertise- you know” proves the fact that if you are...
-Richard Abcarian, Marvin Klotz, Samuel Cohen, “Literature” The Human Experience
-Emily Dickinson “Im Nobody! Who are You?”
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