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Analysis and comments on The Soul selects her own Society by Emily Dickinson

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Comment 17 of 547, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 7:30 AM.

In this poem ,emily refors "King",a person who has appeared ih some of her
poems.So,why "king"is present for many times ?

Maggie Trees from China
Comment 16 of 547, added on February 24th, 2006 at 11:53 AM.

This poem is a love poem. It is about selecting a soul mate, someone who
becomes a "society of one" to the individual who does the selecting. Emily
choose her society of one, and then "closed the valves (her heart) to any
futher suitors. She made her heart "like stone" to any and all who came to
her "low Gate" to impress her. When she found her true love, she had no
room in her society for anyone else. Anyone who has ever really been in
love knows this is the case of those who find the "society" of the one they
choose to be enough and turns the valves of attention to stone so that no
one else can be addmitted to her society. It is a beautiful love poem.

Richard from United States
Comment 15 of 547, added on February 8th, 2006 at 11:44 PM.

Majority actually has another meaning: "the state or time of being of full
legal age" (Webster). The Soul, having achieved majority, or maturity, is
now able to make her own decisions, and choose her own company. "The Soul
selects her own Society - Then shuts the Door[.] To her divine Majority -
Present no more -". Think of "present" as in "to offer or deliver."

Note the house imagery with door, low gate, mat, and also "valves"; Valves,
much like "majority," carries multiple meanings, in addition to a
mechanical valve: checking the dictionary, it seems to describe pieces of
shell or else "one of the leaves of a double or folding door" (Webster).

[analysis assisted by text "Elements of Poetry" (Ch. 13, pg. 576-7), author
unknown - from a course packet.]

Brianna from United States
Comment 14 of 547, added on January 25th, 2006 at 12:30 PM.

This poem is how she shuts everyone out. The emporer is apart of her
imagination and what she wants life to be like. The last part is that she
wants to find someone and get them to love her and then turn her back on
them like someone else has done to her. (close the valves of her
attention=stop showing that person you love them and dont talk to them and
make them hurt)

Sara Weigand from United States
Comment 13 of 547, 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 547, 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 547, 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 547, 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 547, 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 547, 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

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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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