Zju at 11:49:40 11/19/97 from c549-12.svdcc.fju.edu.tw
|The author, Emily Dickinson, her background
bring her much pressure to her life, and affect
the things which she wanted to decided by herself.
So the "Nobody" in this poem is symbolic of the
people that she always wanted to be.
Although her life was very rich, she still
couldn't find the things that can satisfy her mind
, so she felt hollow in her life. Therefore, she
thought that it was better to be a "Nobody"than a
In the first stanza, the fourth line, we can
find that the society was full of toadies. The
rich and higher graded people was surrounded by
these people. And the ordinary people were always
So I think that the author didn't want to be
disturbed by the nonsense things. She hoped that
she can be a nobody. If she were a nobody, she
could do all the things which she liked.
Because she knew that finding a person whose
mind match her idea was very difficult in that
society.So she created one person in her poem
that she can express her feeling to her friend in
She described the public people to the frog.
That's very interesting. For the public people
always speak loudly in order to attract everyone's
attention, and the ordinary people only can be the
audience of them, listening to the public people's
complain and nonsense speaking. So she said "To
an admiring Bog!"