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Comment 39 of 139, added on August 29th, 2011 at 3:01 PM.
United States


. Dickinson is suggesting that for her, the soul was fixed at some point in
her life and remained so.

Joe DiMattio from United States
Comment 38 of 139, added on July 10th, 2011 at 12:20 PM.
relgious disapointment

I believe she is expressing having different spiritual ideas than the
majority of people, and she chooses to blend, conversate, associate,
interact,etc. With like minded people, shutting the door on those who
refuse to accept her perspective. Even though she know there may be a God
watching her, the God watching is not the God of the main religion of that
country, so that government is watching too. But she hold her ground.
Christianity is of ample nations- pick one- but i still will follow my
soul/gut/heart and remain unmoving.

mrttreed from United States
Comment 37 of 139, added on February 21st, 2011 at 6:08 PM.

This poem i believe it is about Emily and how she defines the meaning of
her own life. her soul meaning her, as an individual, in what she thinks
decides where she wants to go and how is she going to get there. Although
she is describing about herself it also seems like she is reflecting among
all people.

victoria from United States
Comment 36 of 139, added on January 24th, 2011 at 4:09 AM.
woops

I meant abstruse, as in hard to understand, not obtuse, as in not quick or
alert in perception.

A.B. from United States
Comment 35 of 139, added on January 24th, 2011 at 3:57 AM.
what over all is she saying?

I think her poems are obtuse. The voice in them is hard to define. I have
had this problem with interpretation since I was a fifth grader trying to
read her poetry. Who is being talked to is not clear. I guess that is why
it is "ambiguous". I usually read it personally, but then it is on a big
American flag waving piece of html, but I guess I still see it as
calculating rejection of rejectors, in the name of personal integrity.
Self-selectivity?

A.B. from United States
Comment 34 of 139, added on January 24th, 2011 at 3:57 AM.
what over all is she saying?

I think her poems are obtuse. The voice in them is hard to define. I have
had this problem with interpretation since I was a fifth grader trying to
read her poetry. Who is being talked to is not clear. I guess that is why
it is "ambiguous". I usually read it personally, but then it is on a big
American flag waving piece of html, but I guess I still see it as
calculating rejection of rejectors, in the name of personal integrity.
Self-selectivity?

A.B. from United States
Comment 33 of 139, added on July 8th, 2010 at 11:03 AM.

We can be sovereign in our choice of friends.

frumpo from United States
Comment 32 of 139, added on April 23rd, 2010 at 9:49 AM.
This is about religion

If you read Emily Dickinson's biography you see that religion is seen in
the majority of her works only because she was rejected by it. She was
never able to chose a religion and thats why when she states " Then- shuts
the door- To her divine Majority" it means that she is shutting the door to
religion. She was a writer in the 19th century and relgion had a huge
impact in that time period. This poem is definitely not about love.

Zachkoren Torres from United States
Comment 31 of 139, added on February 27th, 2010 at 7:00 PM.
when it was written.

this poem was not written in the 1950's. It was written in the 1860's. She
was not even alive in the 1900's.

Kayla from United States
Comment 30 of 139, added on February 19th, 2010 at 7:44 PM.

to sherri,

ms dickinson was also very non-religious. so ask she suggests that the
"Soul" keeps herself form the "divine majority" means she excludes gods
also.

this is a very ambiguous poem; there is more than one meaning.

cooks from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 303. The Soul selects her own Society
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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