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I'm Nobody! Who Are You?

by Emily Dickinson
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Discuss the use of the word bog in "I'm Nobody! Who Are You?" by Emily Dickinson.

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How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell your name the livelong day
To an admiring bog!

 A bog is a wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation that has poorer drainage than a swamp. 

Emily Dickenson's point is that she prefers to be left alone, unknown to the world.  The idea of publicizing oneself was foreign and distasteful to her.  She compares it to a frog who croaks all day long as it sits in a bog.  Noone is really listening and the setting is damp and muddy.

Dickenson lived by her word.  She lived a very private, secluded life and she never attempted to publish her poems.  They were only published after her death when her sister discovered them.  

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