Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

I'm Nobody

In "Im Nobody", how doesthe the speaker use words humorously to show that nobodies are special but Somebodies are not?

Asked by
Last updated by Aslan
Answers 1
Add Yours

“I’m Nobody! Who are you?” is an example of one of Dickinson’s more comical poems, yet the comedy is not simply for pleasure. Rather, it contains a biting satire of the public sphere, both of the public figures who benefit from it, and of the masses who allow them to. Dickinson’s light tone, childish voice, and invitation to the reader to be on her side, however, keep the sharp edge of the satire from cutting too stingingly. Please read more in the analysis section below: