Journal: I'm Nobody. Who are you?


PosterĄG Ivy Chu at 22:55:41 11/12/97 from n47-184.dialup.seed.net.tw
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As a matter of fact, the poem "I'm Nobody. Who are you?" makes me think of a song. The song is about a lonely girl who lived in an orphanage and had no one to talk to, so everyday she throw a paper which had her name and some words on out of the window, hoped that someone would pick it up and got touch with her. Finally, an old man saw the paper and got touch with her. Somehow the old man didn't come anymore. (You know the reason. ) The girl kept on throwing the paper. When I read the first stanza, I think it's
familist to the song. The speaker is just like the girl in some way. And when I read the
second stanza, I think the speaker is a kind of special, maybe she is the kind of person who hate those common people and she wants to find someone who is like her.
In the first stanza, we can feel that the speaker is like a little and lonely girl, trying to find a companion who is familiar to her. So she/he first introduce her/himself and asks the
readers(we) carefully that if we are the same as her. And then, the speaker puts her/him
and us together ---"a pair of us" , just like the only twin in the world. In line4, the speaker makes her/him and us more closer. In the second stanza, we can know more about the
speaker and can feel that she/he is a little different from the first stanza. In the second
stanza, the speaker tells us her/his thought, that "Sombody" is like a frog. But, why she/he describes somebodies as frogs? Is it because they always gabble? Anyway, in the speaker's mind, "Nobody" is better than "Somebody". She/He draws a circle, the reader and she/he
are in the circle and "they"are outside the circle. And those "they" don't understand the
speaker as if teachers and people don't understand Paul. When I read the poem outloud, it
seems to me that the speake is careful and I can image that she/he is murmuring more than talking. The dashes reveal the speaker's falter and careness. It also makes a distance
between her/him and "they". Anyway, the poem is like a soliloquy and I agree with the
speaker.



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