Language and style

To analyze the poem “I’m Nobody” by Emily Dickinson, it is important to understand its language and style.

Playing with language

The poem “I’m Nobody” plays with language from the very beginning. The word “nobody” is written two times with a capital letter, suggesting that being anonymous is extremely important for the poet. The same goes for the word “somebody”, which is also written with a capital letter in the second stanza. It becomes obvious the two words are mirroring each other. In the author’s opinion, being a “Nobody” (l. 1) is far more important than being a “Somebody” (l. 5) whose life is analyzed in detail by the public.

Another way in which the poet plays with language is to be noticed in the second stanza. The poet associates being a public person with the way in which a frog utters the same unimportant sounds over and over again. To be a “frog” means looking for recognition in exchange for unimportant t...

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