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4/13 poem rec -- Emily Dickinson - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
4/13 poem rec -- Emily Dickinson
Well, it's a copout. I was going to try and find something new. But this was the poem in my head, and every time I opened up a collection, it was right there in my face, so it must mean I'm meant to rec "I'm Nobody." :D

I'm Nobody! Who are you?
I'm Nobody! Who are you?
Are you--Nobody--too?
Then there's a pair of us!
Dont tell! they'd advertise--you know!

How dreary--to be--Somebody!
How public--like a Frog--
To tell your name--the livelong June--
To an admiring Bog!

Emily Dickinson (1858)


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gabrielladusult From: gabrielladusult Date: April 13th, 2006 11:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Today's HP association with your poem is -- Neville and Luna (especially Neville in OotP).
From: fizzko Date: April 14th, 2006 12:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I absolutely love that poem. For ages after I first read it the lines were stuck in my head, circling round and round.
author_by_night From: author_by_night Date: April 14th, 2006 01:32 am (UTC) (Link)
I love that poem.
rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: April 14th, 2006 02:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Emily Dickinson
Liked to use dashes
Instead of full stops.

Nowadays, faced with such
Critics and editors
Send for the cops.

-- Wendy Cope
sophonax From: sophonax Date: April 14th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC) (Link)
That's hilarious.
zoepaleologa From: zoepaleologa Date: April 14th, 2006 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I've always liked that poem, and here is specifically why:

One of the things of telephone etiquette that really irritates is when business callers fail to introduce themselves, but intstead immediately kick off with (abruptly) "To whom am I speaking?" Now, to my mind, if you are the caller, the instigator of the conversation, good form suggests you should first introduce yourself, secondly ask for the person you wish to speak to. Not launch into a crypto-aggressive demand for names.

And I always long to answer: "I'm nobody! Who are you?"
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: April 14th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my gosh! This poem has been in my head too, maybe because you've been posting so much more poetry than I normally ever read...
My grandparents met in the 30s and my grandfather had a local radio show. They had dated casually for a while when my grandmother told her sister to tune in to the show one afternoon, and she was on it, reading this poem with him. I think they had just gotten engaged.
erised1810 From: erised1810 Date: April 14th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
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