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Comment 13 of 543, added on December 1st, 2005 at 8:47 PM.

I like this poem. THis poem has a lot of feeling in it. This whole poem i
think means have a seat at an event, what is the event.
don't seek an answer, let it come without pressure. soul has chosen the
ONE person that it loves and has closed the door permanently to everyone
else. Kinda like a first love kind of thing.i think she is almost
questioning why they soul chooses just one.

I love this poet and her points of views.

~~~****Allie of Illinois****~~~

Allie from United States
Comment 12 of 543, added on November 18th, 2005 at 7:59 PM.

this is one of my favorite poems by no "snikindy lime"
in this poem she is the dame being approached by the suitors and she does
not care because her heart her soul has chosen the ONE person that it loves
and has closed the door permanently to everyone else. Kinda like a first
love kind of thing.i think she is almost questioning why they soul chooses
just one

Ashes from United States
Comment 11 of 543, added on October 26th, 2005 at 9:16 PM.

i think LIKE STONE could mean that her soul feels trapped, like inside the
stone prison walls. she could be pursuing the idea that the soul is
separate and chooses its passion.

court from United States
Comment 10 of 543, added on August 17th, 2005 at 9:41 AM.

i had hard time on figuring out what could really have been the meaning of
this poem, but upon reading the comments of the other reader i have thought
that this might imply to LOVE,,
now can you please elaborate more, i will report this in class.. :)

irish from Philippines
Comment 9 of 543, added on July 17th, 2005 at 11:35 PM.

Her writings are mostly about love, every person either boy or girl must be
careful in choosing a person he/she will love... it doesnt matter her/his
looks or status...like what Dickinson is emphazing....

i feel that she is getting numb that time of her life with love.._ LIKE

senorita ann from Philippines
Comment 8 of 543, added on June 20th, 2005 at 10:21 AM.

On the surface this poem does appear to be a poem of opening her heart, but
I believe that it has a different meaning then this. "divine Majority"
"Chariots" ect. these are all words of the heavens. The concept of faith
and doubt arises in this poem. In this time it was wrong to have doubt that
god really existed, but this issue had just started to arise in her time
period. I think that this poem is telling about her struggle to be like
everyone else but everything that people say to her and present to her so
that she would believe in god has no effect. She is "Unmoved" but she also
knows that she must "Choose One" or the other to believe or not. I think
that she is choosing not to believe in this poem.

amanda from United States
Comment 7 of 543, added on March 2nd, 2005 at 5:15 PM.

I find this poem to be darker and more condescending that what the comments
on this board might suggest. From my perspective, the poem comes across to
me as the narrator being victim of one too many broken hearts, especially
with the last stanza. She has become very selective of the individuals she
allows in her life. She's "unmoved" to so many- even an emperor!

But this is one man's evaluation.

evilpanda from United States
Comment 6 of 543, added on February 3rd, 2005 at 11:23 AM.

This is a well-thought out poem. Emily Dickinson is an amazing writer. The
use of persona tells how the soul is feeling and that it doesn't matter if
you are in the higher society or the lower society, the soul will choose
who can enter the door.

Elise from United States
Comment 5 of 543, added on January 18th, 2005 at 12:50 AM.

comments 1-4, all have some validity.
comment 2, CONDESCENDING-key word
not meeting the emperor is noted, In life, when the
king or emperor comes calling, you (we common folk) go
out to meet him-why does emily stay in the house (it is
not the 'stonem not yet anyway)
okay, more hints, the emperor is kneeling (isn't that
peculiar? why, would an emperor be kneeling (condescending? perhaps, what
circumstance would require an emperor to bow?
What personage would requie the Queen of England to bow?
(same deal)
You, the reader, have a seat at an event, what is the event.
don't seek an answer, let it come without pressure.

It took me years to figure this out, after reading many
of emily's bio. come on, stretch that gray machine.

old eyes from United States
Comment 4 of 543, added on January 12th, 2005 at 7:25 AM.

I feel that this poem should not be taken at face value. It is clear that
Dickinson has exprienced a love which even an 'Emperor' can not penetrate.
Her 'low gate' is humble in his wake. However the concluding dash, 'Like
Stone-' hints that this may not be such an exlusive relionship, in fact the
poem could begin again with 'I've known her' indicating that this happened
before. The harsh capital in 'Stone' maybe her own feelings at being on the
recieving end of rejection. The isolated '-shuts the Door-'
evokes similer feelings. Dickinson mingles rejection and exclusive love to
this poem, wheather souls 'Valves of.. attention' are closed for ever is

Ellie from United Kingdom

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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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