The Soul’s Superior instants
Occur to Her — alone —
When friend — and Earth’s occasion
Have infinite withdrawn —

Or She — Herself — ascended
To too remote a Height
For lower Recognition
Than Her Omnipotent —

This Mortal Abolition
Is seldom — but as fair
As Apparition — subject
To Autocratic Air —

Eternity’s disclosure
To favorites — a few —
Of the Colossal substance
Of Immortality

Analysis, meaning and summary of Emily Dickinson's poem The Soul’s Superior instants


  1. frumpo says:

    When someone withdraws from me or I from someone else, I find I do not need others, and it reminds me of the self-sufficiency of God.

  2. playa says:

    this poem clearly exhibits the apparent connections between Dickinson’s themes and the mid 19th century philosophical movement Transcendentalism

  3. Connie says:

    I think this poem is about how “her” is leaving her friends and the earth and rising up to heaven and becoming immortal

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