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I'm Nobody Who Are You Theme

What themes does the poem, "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" explore?

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As with so many of Dickinson's works, the theme of individual identity and alienation is expressed in a profound manner in this particular poem.  The fundamental idea of being different is expressed in a rather powerful manner in this poem.  The other theme which differentiates this poem from others like it is the idea of solidarity and community despite the perspective of being different from the social order.  This is where Dickinson's work achieves a great level of depth, for it does not merely express the theme of being free from the social order, but also delves into the idea of individuals who are marginalized can still develop solidarity with others and forming a social identity of what is deemed as "established" society.

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In the poem 'I'm Nobody - Who Are You' by Emily Dickinson , the poet explores the idea of 'persona.' This idea embodies the elements of identity, voice, control and status. For example, every human being is unique yet many are...

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