by Emily Dickinson (1830 - 1886)
Translation © by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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"


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):

  • 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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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:26
Line count: 8
Word count: 44

Io non sono nessuno, e tu?
Language: Italian (Italiano)  after the English 
 Io non sono nessuno, e tu?
 Sei nessuno anche tu?
 Allora siamo nessuno in due -- ma non dirlo!
 Spargerebbero la voce, lo sai.

 Quanto è noioso essere Qualcuno!
 Che seccatura! Come una rana
 Che gracida il tuo nome -- tutto giugno -
 A un pantano ammirato.


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Text added to the website: 2006-05-08 00:00:00
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:18
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Word count: 46