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Comment 41 of 551, added on November 26th, 2011 at 1:06 AM.
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More posts of this quality. Not the usual c***, pelsae

Ranessa from Andorra
Comment 40 of 551, added on August 29th, 2011 at 3:10 PM.
United States

The soul selects her own society ... #303

The soul (or in a more modern reference -The brain) chooses its soul- mate,
friend or lover as the case may be and then closes shut the door. The
choice is made and is irrevocable. Dickinson is suggesting that for her,
the soul became fixed at some point in her life and remained so. From a
physiological point of view, neural cells are hard wired at birth and as we
live, as we experience, input causes them to form structural connections
that last for an indefinite period of time Physiology did not exist as a
science during her lifetime. We only learned that the brain is composed of
cells in 1922 and how the individual nerve cell conducts signals in 1949
and are only now exploring what brain cells do - their individual and
collective functions. Emily is suggesting that brain function becomes
fixed. We now see a more complex situation. The divorce rate attests to
the fact that people change their mind. Love may have some constancy, but
it is also plastic.
New connections are made or at least modified by new input. It is somewhat
like a stone house; the structure, the stones remains, but the interior
does get altered.

Things change-hardly anything ever remains completely unchanged.
From another point of view, the concept of time suggests that events,
decisions get made and then become part of the past- they become history
and cannot be changed. We can, however, make new decisions that counteract
old decisions.

Anyway, Emily is a bit ahead of herself or of the physiology of her time.
Dickinson is suggesting that for her, the soul was fixed at some point in
her life and remained so.

Joe DiMattio
Comment 39 of 551, 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 551, 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 551, 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 551, 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 551, 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 551, 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 551, 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 551, 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

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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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