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Im Nobody Who Are You

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With full-colour illustrations on every page, of 19th century New England, this book gives attention to Emily Dickinson's poems for children. It is for ages 3-6. ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 15th 1994 by Stemmer House Publishers (first published January 1st 1978)
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هدى يحيى
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry


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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I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,
And Mourners to and fro
Kept treading – treading – till it seemed
That Sense was breaking through –

And when they all were seated,
A Service, like a Drum –
Kept beating – beating – till I thought
My Mind was going numb –

***

Much Madness is di
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Sawsan
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating poems by Emily Dickinson
"I’m Nobody! Who are you?" is one of the best known and memorable poems

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us -don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.
How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
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Kaylee D
Dec 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was kind of confusing. I found it hard to follow. But I did enjoy a few of the poems but some were hard to understand. Overall I did not really understand the meaning of the poems. I did though like the poem on page 45. That poem said '' pain has an element of blank''. I found that poem easy to follow and understand. Overall I don't recommend it was boring and hard to understand for me. ...more
Keann
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was ok. I am just now glad I have finished this book. I wish I understand poetry a little better because I did not get most of these poems. If you can understand poetry, and you like poetry books you might like this book. This is what I thought about I'm Nobody! Who Are You? ...more
Clarice
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am not usually a fan of poetry, but this book of poems was really good. I had to read poetry for a class, and a friend recommended reading Emily Dickinson. The poems flowed nicely and were different than any other poetry I have ever read. I would definitely recommend this book to anybody looking to read some great poetry.
Laura
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
This beautiful book made me a fan of Emily Dickinson. I'm glad I picked it up from the library discard shelf. (Poetry is something I'm just coming around to, now in my late thirties.) The illustrations are not amazing but still drew me in more than plain words on a page would have. And the glossary in the back is helpful; without it I never would have taken the time to look up the more archaic words. ...more
Natalie
Wild nights! Wild nights!
Were I with thee,
Wild nights should be
Our luxury.

Futile the winds
To a heart in port,-
Done with the compass.
Done with the chart.

Rowing in Eden!
Ah! The sea!
Might I but moor
Tonight in thee!


Love, love, love Emily Dickinson. I didn't realize how much till I started reading this book. I read it once in high school, but I don't think I really understood her at all then. Even still, I don't understand everything she says, but there is such a beautiful cadence to her writing. I
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Jowayria Rahal
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book proved that Emily Dickinson being on the top of my 5 favourite poets of All Time was well-deserved ! Though some may consider her style as depressing and cheerless , I find the way she combines her thoughts to be mighty beautiful !

I adore this stanza , I couldn't get it out of my mind for days after reading the book

" I wonder if it hurts to live,
And if They have to try,
And whether, could They choose between,
It would not be, to die. "

<3
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Preston Weatherbie
May 06, 2015 rated it liked it
I didnt really like this book because I got really bored of reading poetry. Some of the poems were alright but others were hard to understand. If you like poetry then you might like this book and i would recommend it to you.
Andrew Peter
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: identity-poetry
Summary: Emily Dickinson’s poem, “I’m Nobody! Who Are You?” is written from the perspective of an unknown speaker, who claims that they’re a “Nobody”. In contrast to being a “Nobody”, the speaker mentions why it would be boring to be “Somebody”, questioning individuals' need for attention. Being a “Nobody” is the speaker's desire, because it highlights the benefits of isolation and anonymity.

Connection: Similar to the connection made to identity with Julio Noboa’s poem, this short poem by Emily
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Natalie Zakel
May 07, 2020 added it
Shelves: poems
I’m Nobody! Who are you? is one of Dickinson’s most famous poems, which in two stanzas she explores the nature of public versus private identity and how she distinguishes herself as a "nobody" among the “croaking” of “somebodies”.

I’m Nobody! Who are you? would be a great poem to analyze in a middle school classroom because even though given its brief and abrupt nature, Dickinson’s short stanzas hold immense depth and meaning to them and can be explored in a number of ways that gives middle scho
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Brigitte Lizarraga
Brigitte Lizarraga
Book review #8
English 9, B1
05/17/17

I'm Nobody! Who Are You? is a short lyric poem by Emily Dickinson first published in 1991. It was one of Emily's popular poems. This poem opens with a literally impossible declaration that the speaker is “Nobody.” My first literary element is the narrator of the book. The narrator directly reflects the beliefs and feelings of the author herself. She knew how to turn little things into a big deal. She sounds like she passed through being a no
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Mohammad Heydari
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us — don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!
...more
Natasha
Feb 25, 2021 added it
Shelves: owned, popsugar2021
I’m really not a poetry fan - didn’t like it in University- and unfortunately still don’t like it now. But at least I tried.
Barbara Lovejoy
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVE this book! Each time I read it, it delights me more. I used many of the poems from this book to my goal to memorize 52 poems. Memorizing them made them even more delightful. Really love the illustrations. Excited to find more books that uses this illustrator, Rex Schneider.

December 9, 2019: So many poems that touch my heart! I never tire of reading this book again and again.

June 29, 2019 LOVE this book!--More each time I read it!

February 13, 2019 Each time I read this book, I love it mo
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Rahil
Brillant ! Brillant ! Brillant!
It helped me with my Feelings-collapsing-period .. Deep poems where one's can feel Home .. her poetry is a Refuge ! it's a great special feeling to find out that someone experieced similar feelings as yours Years and years ago, it's like you've a friend from the past, i've always loved Emily and her poetry, and Virginia's Introduction was PERFECT ! <3
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Micah Schmitz
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is honestly not an easy book of poems to follow. The book contains the poems of Emily Dickinson, an 1800s poet. The poems in the book mostly convey a sense of mournfulness or longing, yet it's hard to define them, as many make little sense. While they may not all make sense to me, they are all certainly beautiful, conveying a gorgeously beautiful sense of melancholy, that slowly leads into what might have been intended to be interpreted as a sense of slow self realization.
So, as it is a boo
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Teresa
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book of poetry, I’m Nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson, is a collection of poems surrounding the topic of loneliness, sadness, and similar topics. All the poems were short; one page or less each. All the poems spoke of the feelings of not knowing who you are. The title, I’m Nobody! Who are you?, sums up the collection of stories very well. A summary of the book would be how once you did not understand who you were and then finding who you are.
Emily Dickinson used poetry devices to add
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Diana
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an extraordinarily beautiful book. I am such an Emily Dickinson fan, and I have three different collections of her poetry and two biographies, including Open Me Carefully: Emily Dickinson's Intimate Letters to Susan Huntington Dickinson, which is truly a revelation of her life that belies some of the commonly held "myths" about her.

This collection, primarily intended for younger readers, is an absolute joy. Rex Schneider's illustrations capture the unique styling and word play of Dickins
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Melissa
Book review #4
Author : Emily Dickinson
105 Pages
English 2 period
Mel

This wonderful book of poems has taken me by storm. She shows much struggle and love in all the poems. In many of the poems she explains a lot about the shore or ocean, I think it may be one of her settings. As she says here,”So I the ships may see. That touch how seldomly Thy shore?” In many of them she says a lot about a shore I think she’s around the Sea or the Ocean.

Emily also talks about a boy i didn’t here his name all she
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Marybeth
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I hope this wasn't meant to be a collection of her "best" poems. I've never read anything by Emily Dickinson before and had no idea what to expect, but her poetry is renowned. I can't really see why. Out of ~135 poems, there were 10 that struck me as particularly great, my favorites being "The bustle in a house" (pg 18) and "I measure every grief I meet" (pg 43); I think she's particularly good at writing about loss. For the most part though, I was underwhelmed and it felt like poe ...more
Shanna
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 20
This is a beautiful and accessible collection of Emily Dickinson. There are a variety of topics: solitude, nature, death, even one on math! While all poetry can be interpreted at different levels, many of these poems are simple enough to enjoy at a surface level. Even when I felt I missed the symbolism, I could still appreciate the elegant language and tone of the poems. I feel like I could read this book at different stages of life and get something new out of it each time.
JDL
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I know this is one of her most famous poems, but... it might be my favorite of hers, and dare I say even my favorite of all poems? It was also the first poem I was easily able to memorize. Dickinson is definitely my favorite poet, and it's all thanks to this poem and "Because I could not stop for Death". ...more
Gisele Siegmund
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I always enjoy reading Dickinson's poems. It reflects what we feel about life, death, nature, and simply the human spirit. It opens the door to a world of wondering and everyday musings in a heart-felt and creatively clever way! ...more
Andrea Bastien
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Emily Dickinson’s writing, and this collection has a few of her most famous pieces. But overall it felt incomplete, and I could not tell exactly how these princes were organized. Great introduction by Virginia Euwers Wolff, but I ultimately hope to find a more completel collection.
Zen
Aug 15, 2019 added it
This book really fills your heart with love laughter and tears. This book really opened my mind to poetry and opened my min d to a whole new world of writing. Emily Dickinson is a very talented person and i hope that she knew that.
Madeline
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Dickinson and I just don't connect. :( ...more
Lyden Orbase
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks, Emily, for the lovely poems!
Benjamin Barnes
Mar 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring I love poetry this is supposed to be good it read like it was written by someone who randomly picked words out of a dictionary
Betty Jo
I prefer her moody depressive poems to those about nature.
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Emily Dickinson was an American poet who, despite the fact that less than a dozen of her nearly eighteen hundred poems were published during her lifetime, is widely considered one of the most original and influential poets of the 19th century.

Dickinson was born to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. After she studied at the Amherst Aca
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“I measure every Grief I meet
With narrow, probing, Eyes;
I wonder if It weighs like Mine,
Or has an Easier size.

I wonder if They bore it long,
Or did it just begin?
I could not tell the Date of Mine,
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I wonder if it hurts to live,
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gone patient long --
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Could give them any Balm;

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“It was not death, for I stood up,
And all the dead lie down;
It was not night, for all the bells
Put out their tongues, for noon.

It was not frost, for on my flesh
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Nor fire, for just my marble feet
Could keep a chancel cool.

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Set orderly, for burial,
Reminded me of mine,

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