Thursday, November 9, 2023

"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!
Dont 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!

Source of the text - The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition, edited by Ralph W. Franklin. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1998, pages 116-117.

TJB: Anyone out there? In a pair of ballad stanzas, in search of a reader, the poet summons cuteness & bleakness (& exclamation points!) to her service.

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