“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!
I simply love the tone of this poem. There’s so much personality in it. There’s a mystery as to what a Nobody and a Somebody might be. A Nobody has a certain freedom and lightheartedness that a Somebody with an admiring bog doesn’t have by virtue of their Somebody-ness. I always feel a sense of innocent intimacy wash over me when I read this poem. I like that it exalts a state of un-ambitiousness, a non-notoriety.
I have always loved this poem. It has remained one of my favorites since childhood, and that is why I want to use it. To be honest, I haven’t much of a clue how this could be visually interpreted, but I thought it would be really fun to explore that as I went along. I definitely want to evoke the same emotions that poem gives me and hopefully develop my understanding of it.
Image by aru-lover (http://aru-lover.deviantart.com/art/Emily-Dickinson-75875195)