Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Poems: I'm Nobody! Who are you?

Emily Dickinson lived in almost total isolation in Massachusetts during the 1800s, rarely leaving her room at all for long stretches. She was viewed locally as an eccentric and lived her life through correspondence and writing. I love this poem and think it should be compulsory reading for anyone contemplating seeking fame. Being nobody is sometimes a wonderful thing.   

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

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 advertise – you know!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog – 
To tell one's name – the livelong June – 
To an admiring Bog!

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