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Amy Sedaris once said I think its good for a person to spend time alone It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone This is exactly what the world wonders about the mysterious nineteenth century poet Emily Dickinson and her life as a recluse Who was she and why was she always alone She wrote over eighteen hundred inspiring poems in the darkness of her own home in Amherst Massachusetts yet roughly a dozen of them were published during her lifetime Many of these poems reflect themes of death loneliness depression and confusion What was wrong with her though Emily Dickinsons life away from the world could have possibly been her coping device with conflicting relationships spirituality or even a mental illness all which the reader can notice in many of her different works A prime example of Dickinsons individuality can be seen through her poem Im Nobody Who are you In this poem she bluntly addresses the fact that she really is a nobody but views it as a luxury She asks the reader if he is nobody too because she thinks it would be awful to have a pair of nobodysmaking them somebody Dickinson says How dreary to be somebody How public like a frog lines 5-6 She expresses how awful it would be to always be shouting your name to people like a croaking frog in order to make yourself known to others She would rather be a nobody than be known by the rest of the world This could be one explanation of why she chose to be alone Perhaps she disagreed with the people of society always obsessing over making themselves famous and known that she simply chose to avoid it She was perfectly content in her own little circle Another one of Emilys works that contributes to the mysterious reclusive life is called Alone I cannot be In
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