by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Walter A. Aue

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Language: English 
Available translation(s): FRE GER GER ITA
I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us - don't tell!
They'd [banish us]1, you know.

How dreary to be somebody!
How public, like a frog
To tell [your]2 name the livelong [day]3
To an admiring bog!

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1 Bacon, G. Coates: "advertise"
2 Bacon, G. Coates: "one's
3 Bacon, G. Coates: "June"

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  • FRE French (Français) (Guy Laffaille) , copyright © 2010, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Walter A. Aue) , "Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Bertram Kottmann) , copyright © 2016, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • ITA Italian (Italiano) (Ferdinando Albeggiani) , "Io non sono nessuno, e tu?", copyright © 2006, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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This text was added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?
Language: German (Deutsch)  after the English 
Ich bin ein Niemand! Wer bist Du?
Bist Niemand auch benannt?
Dann sind wir zwei - Verrat es nicht!
Sonst werden wir verbannt.

Wie öd als Jemand dazustehn,
Gleich einem Frosch am Ast,
Der seinen Namen predigt dem
Bewundernden Morast!

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This text was added to the website: 2006-04-20
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Word count: 40