MR. NOBODY by unknown author. I know a funny little man, As quiet as a mouse, Who does the mischief that is done In everybody's house! There's no one ever sees his face, And yet we all agree That every plate we break was cracked By Mr. Nobody `Tis he who always tears our books,
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As quiet as a mouse,
Who does the mischief that is done
In everybody's house!
There's no one ever sees his face,
And yet we all agree
That every plate we break was cracked
By Mr. Nobody
`Tis he who always tears our books,
Who leaves the door ajar,
He pulls the buttons from our shirts,
And scatters pine afar;
That squeaking door will always squeak,
For, prithee, don't you see,
We leave the oiling to be done
By Mr. Nobody
The finger marked upon the door
By none of us are made;
We never leave the blind unclosed,
To let the curtains fade.
The ink we never spill; the boots
That lying round you. See
Are not our boots they all belong
To Mr. Nobody.
The persona talks about a funny little person who does a lot of mischievousness in the house. When things go or are misplaced, the culprit is Mr. Nobody.
Besides that, most of the things used by Mr. Nobody are never put back to where they should be. Any mess around the house is always done by no one excepts Mr. Nobody.
The poem is set in a house and the area around the house. The persona talks about the situation in the house and things happening in it. Things get broken, misplaced and thrown around by an unseen person. Besides that, he also messes up the house and dirties the place.
The main theme in this poem is family life which is full of mischievousness from the children. It is normal for a family to have someone who does mischievousness but will not admit it. In a family, we might take things done by other people for granted. We should appreciate the work done by other people. We should allocate work clearly and be responsible for our own actions. Another theme is respect for every member of the family. Cultivate good habits for everyone's sake and comfort.