Emily Dickinson, Patron Saint of Introverts

I’m nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there’s a pair of us – don’t tell!
They’d banish us, you know.

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

Illustration by Basil Temple Blackwood from 'The Bad Child's Book of Beasts' (1896)

4 thoughts on “Emily Dickinson, Patron Saint of Introverts”

  1. I liked the name Frog Brigade because it lent itself to a lot of cool imagery with the whole frog thing.
    Les Claypool

  2. By an uncanny coincidence, I saw this post right after reading through another post about introverts: http://www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/problems-only-introverts-will-understand

    It’s amusing and I felt I could relate to a lot of it. It also features plenty of cats!

    On a more academic note, my dad read and really enjoyed a book called “Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.” http://www.thepowerofintroverts.com/about-the-book/

    It’s currently on my ever-growing list of books to read, as it sounds really interesting. I sometimes wonder what future historians will make of the sheer quantity of information that we’re producing in the present. It’s kind of the opposite to the usual problems faced by historians of dealing with limited historical documents and records about certain events.

    1. I’ve had The Power of Introverts on my To Read list for a while, too, and I was nodding along to most of that BuzzFeed post, Freya. My favourite introvert piece is Caring For Your Introvert by Jonathan Rauch. Some days, I want to print it out and carry copies round in my bag, so I can hand them out to oblivious extroverts. (But I don’t actually do this, because that would be rude. And most introverts are very polite.)

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