Irony in I'm Nobody! Who Are You?
Irony Examples in I'm Nobody! Who Are You?:
Text of the Poem
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The poem’s opening line establishes its unique, ironic tone. Though the speaker admits to being “nobody,” there is a tone of cheerfulness, as the exclamation point underscores. While the poem’s theme—the pointless pursuit of renown—is serious, Dickinson relates the theme through an ironic tone that combines lightness with self-negation.