I'm Nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson reminds me of the song, "You belong with me" by Taylor Swift. These two works speak of the author being behind the scenes in life. The writers are unnoticed by society and watch life from the back of the room. Content to watch life play out for others, without the inconvenience of social rules and etiquette. Swift proudly sings "She's cheer captain and I'm on the bleachers" (Swift). Dickinson and Swift, in reality, are nothing alike, Swift is a brash famous woman, while Dickenson was a recluse. This work is excitedly unemotional while imparting wisdom. Dickinson's poem playfully speaks of human's social fears through voice, conventional symbols, and stanza.
Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous authors in American History, and a good amount of that can be attributed to her uniqueness in writing. In Emily Dickinson's poem 'Because I could not stop for Death,' she characterizes her overarching theme of Death differently than it is usually described through the poetic devices of irony, imagery, symbolism, and word choice.
Emily Dickinson, recognized as one of the greatest American poets of the nineteenth century, was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts (Benfey, 1). Dickinson’s greatness and accomplishments were not always recognized. In her time, women were not recognized as serious writers and her talents were often ignored. Only seven of her 1800 poems were ever published. Dickinson’s life was relatively simple, but behind the scenes she worked as a creative and talented poet. Her work was influenced by poets of the seventeenth century in England, and by her puritan upbringing. Dickinson was an obsessively private writer. Dickinson withdrew herself from the social contract around the age of thirty and devoted herself, in secret, to writing.
Dickinson’s poem unfolds truth to society’s power over a woman’s identity. The poem has an angry tone read from the first line, “I’m ceded- I’ve stopped being Their’s-” (1). A defiant and condemning voice aimed at an ambiguous, authoritative figure who is embodied by the capitalized, plural pronoun “Their.” Dickinson’s refusal to exactly specify who “Their” is, demonstrates the power and relationship “Their” has over the speaker. Dickinson interchanges this pronoun with “They” (2) as the poem progresses on, and this larger entity is associated as the church, family, society, etc. because of Dickinson’s references to “church” (3) and “childhood” (6) within the opening stanza. Dickinson’s narrator is tired of being put aside or controlled by others. This angry tone begins to grow louder as Dickinson beings conveying this message and while the poem moves through stanzas uncovering the narrator’s identity.
Emily Dickinson, born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, is regarded as one of America’s best poets. After a poor experience at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, where she was regarded as a “no hope,” her writing career took off in full swing. Although her family was more conservative, regular churchgoers, and socially prominent town figures, Dickinson preferred a socially reserved lifestyle that renounced the traditional values of her day (Baym, 1189-93). The iconoclastic spirit pervasive in Emily Dickinson's poetry reflects her conflict with the traditions of New England society.
"How dreary to be somebody... How public...," (Dickinson, stanza 1-2). In the eyes of Emily Dickinson, the writer of the cited quote, the majority of the population embodies the distinct characteristics of what she refers to as a somebody in her poem, "I'm nobody! Who are you?". Somebodies are individuals who when grouped together have few varying characteristics between them. Though somebodies seemingly occupy most of the population, they are countered by what Dickinson calls nobodies. Nobodies are characterized for being solitary and introverted. These people do not need validation and are comfortable as they are. Though the traits that nobodies tend to have can be positively connotated, in today's
In her adolescent years, Dickinson didn’t spend a lot of time in school. She attended Amherst Academy for a short period of time. She was a very intelligent student. She later attended Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. She made a few friends, but not many. This is also the time she began writing. Before Dickinson departed from Amherst Academy, she had been influenced by a book of poetry by Ralph Waldo Emerson. She had other influences such as her principle at Amherst, Leonard Humphrey. As a writer, her work escalated when her poems were published in their original structure. She is mostly known for her new way of writing, which was short, but it was very passionate. What she mostly wrote about was her feelings and she was brutally sincere, but she also kept actual poetry intact. Dickinson’s writing was different from other poets’ writings because she didn’t formulate her writing. She wrote what was on her mind
In Dickinson's poem # 1510 she also focuses on loneliness. In the first two lines,
Dickinson's poem 260 was really interesting. Specifically when she writes, “I'm Nobody! Who are you?/ Are you—Nobody – too?/ Then there's a pair of us!/ Dont tell! They'd advertise – you know!” (1-4) What seems a little unexpected is that this poem can be read with multiple meanings. It seems Dickinson could be talking about her and her lover sharing a melancholy and unhealthy bond, or she could be describing a side of her personality that she hides considering her individual thinking led to an ostracized life. Also, Dickinson could be suggesting what other like minded-thinkers endure.
Emily Dickinson is one of the most famous American poets. She wrote many poems throughout her lifetime, but it was not until after her death that she became famous. She wrote about death and life, love and separation, and God. She wrote about topics like these because she was inspired by the experiences in her life. Throughout her life, she dealt with problems that caused her to seclude herself, wear only a while dress, and write poems. Many have questioned what caused her seclusion? What happened that was so devastating to make her want to be alone all the time? Why did she always wear white?
In her poem “I’m Nobody! Who are you?” Dickinson cleverly satirizes the public sphere, public officials who try to establish their own self-importance through popularity, and the masses who grant them popularity. In the first stanza of the poem, the speaker declares himself of herself as “Nobody,” declaring that he or she functions outside of the public sphere. This idea is consistent with Dickinson’s famed reclusiveness—ironically, her fame for being un-famous during her time.
Emily Dickinson was one of the greatest female poets to ever live. She left us with many poems that show us her secluded world and life. Like other major nineteenth-century authors, Dickinson used her hesitations between doubt and faith to make amazing works of literature that will remain popular for many years to come. The style of her first writings was mainly conventional, but after years and years of practice she began to leave some room for experiments. Often written the same way that hymns are, her poems dealt with not only issues of death, faith and immortality, but with nature, domesticity, and the strengths and limitations of language. Emily’s faith is clearly seen in her poems 155, 342, and 508.
In Success..., Dickinson reflects on the nature of success and how, ironically, it can be best appreciated and understood by those who have not achieved it and have no taste of it. As in "Faith"..., Dickinson powerfully presents her thoughts in a few lines. The poem deals only with one, ironic but universal, idea in its short length. It is the bitterness expressed at this irony (as found it Dickinson's juxtaposition of the words sweetest and sorest, separated by two lines) that is most felt by the reader. While the previous poem expresses the poetess' bitterness and sorrow with one aspect of her life, I'm Nobody! Who Are You? uses humor without irony to address another. In this poem, Dickinson style appears almost child-like in its of descriptions including frogs and bogs, as well as the lively energy expressed by the poem through its use of dashes and brief wording. Dickinson seems to be addressing her spinster, hermit-like existence (I'm Nobody) and her preference to it.
There has been many views on the what human understanding and the individual self actually are. There has been even more, how much we can learn, or in other words, how much knowledge we can gain, and what we think about ourselves as ourself. Dickinson decided to tackle these both in her lifetime. Dickinson was born on December 10, 1830, in Amherst, Massachusetts. She was very social in her teen years, then became a recluse for her later years. She would almost never leave her house, and she had very few visitors. With that said, she had plenty of time to get to know herself, and to really find out how much a person get actually know, how much knowledge they can gain. Dickinson has a very interesting opinion on the individual self, we as humans have the opportunity to have unlimited knowledge, but are confined in a limited body.