10 of the most famous English poems in the English Literature (VI)

Hello! Today we would like you to ponder on the advantages and disadvantages of being under the spotlight.  Read the following excerpt by Emily Dickinson and leave us a comment below. Do you like going unnoticed and unobserved or do you prefer being widely known? Is anonymity valuable for you? Are the perks of being famous worthy of what is being sacrificed?

I’m Nobody! Who are you?

Poet: Emily Dickinson

Published: 1891


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!

Quick fact: 

The poem may be summarised very simply as being about how it is actually quite nice to be a Nobody rather than a Somebody – that anonymity is preferable to fame or public recognition. Nobodies can stick together and revel in their anonymity, but it’s more difficult to find companionship and an equal when you’re in the public eye. As the old line has it, it’s lonely at the top.

Click here if you want to read the whole poem (it is just two short stanzas). And if you are intrigued by this poem and its author, you can read an analysis of the poem here.  And last but not least, Efrat Ben Zur, an Israeli singer-songwriter , released an album in 2012 with poems by Emily Dickinson as lyrics. Have a listen here:

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