Monday, December 3, 2012

I'm Nobody! Who are you? (288)

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!

How dreary – to be – Somebody!
How public – like a Frog –  
To tell one's name – the livelong June –  
To an admiring Bog!

I just love her satire on public figures, as the poem imagines them as loud frogs. These frogs have nothing important to say; instead, they advertise their own names to maintain their fame but not having any substance behind those advertisements. I think this is the reason why she published so few poems during her lifetime, to avoid the prospect of publishing her name.

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