Emily Dickenson Goes To Washington: Chapter Two

Our second week of Emily Dickenson had us looking at her poem,  I’m Nobody! Who are you? Discussion followed on identity, iambic trimeter and tetrameter, dashes, rhyme and patterns in language as well as the difference in wanting to be ‘somebody’ versus ‘nobody.’ Here are some of the introspective results from Mrs. Nazimek’s 8th Grade classroom.

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
1st Period

I am somebody! Who are you?
Anaya B.

I am somebody! Who are you?
are you-somebody-too?
Now it’s a pair of us!
Wait are-you-somebody-too?

I’m nobody
But I’m -some one-to-love
I’m somebody
When it comes to love


Being Popular Has Its Perks
Misael M.

Being popular has its perks
But it also has its downsides
It could be great But has its terrible
So Being Nobody is better


I’m Somebody! Who are you?
Jamir H.

I’m somebody! Who are you?
are you-somebody-too?
There is 1 me and hundreds of you
Don’t tell me they’d advertise you.

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
2nd Period

I’m a soccer player! Who are you?
Genaro R.

I’m a soccer player! Who are you?
Do you-like soccer too?
Then there are more of us!
You shoot! But don’t score.

Who-in the-world-are-you
Santino C.

Who-in the-world-are you
Do you–even-play-football?
Tell me-this-can’t-be-true
No-you’re -not me-at all

Mrs. Nazimek, 8th Grade
3rd Period

A Town Where Everyone Comes Around
Gladys V.

A town where everyone comes around
Won’t know where to go
Cant rhyme but I have the time
Let’s go to another town, how about
Right Now.

Take Away Death’s Remains
Angel P.

Take away death’s remains
in this place, so far away
Turn back time to keep us all alive
So take away, death’s remains.

Turn the tables, if you’re able
Too much violence is occurring
All this worrying kills the mind
So risk yourself if for our lives.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.