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The Soul selects her own Society Analysis



Author: poem of Emily Dickinson Type: poem Views: 28

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The Soul selects her own Society—

Then—shuts the Door—

To her divine Majority—

Present no more—



Unmoved—she notes the Chariots—pausing—

At her low Gate—

Unmoved—an Emperor be kneeling

Upon her Mat—



I've known her—from an ample nation—

Choose One—

Then—close the Valves of her attention—

Like Stone—






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This is the best poem ever written by human hands. Except for the one written by Dumbo in the new movie Dumbo2: The Revenge of Dumbo.

| Posted on 2013-02-12 | by a guest


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shes talking about when she chooses one she actual means the person she loves and closes the valves means shutting the world out from trying to be with her.

| Posted on 2012-10-16 | by a guest


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I have no clue what this poem means i\'m
reading 50 different explanations and have a paper due tomorrow help!

| Posted on 2012-05-08 | by a guest


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i think it means that everyone chooses their own destiny.

| Posted on 2012-01-24 | by a guest


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what does she mean by \"divine\" and \"majority\"? cuz i think its like the beauty of her soul or the choice to be by herself or something like that.

| Posted on 2011-08-05 | by a guest


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I think she is saying that once your soul chooses were it wants to be in society it closes doors and thats how you become friends or lovers with another person.

| Posted on 2011-01-26 | by a guest


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Every analysis here seems to have skipped the \"Present no more-\" portion.

| Posted on 2011-01-04 | by a guest


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all i kno is that this poem is so boring and hard to understand. i dont get why people write such wierd poems that no one can barely understand why do they have to make life so complicated =(

| Posted on 2010-10-25 | by a guest


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This poem is about our human yearning for intimacy, but with just ONE person. The person of our choosing. There are many people to choose \"from an ample nation\", but you want to \"Choose One--\", who draws your attention unlike \"the Chariots\", \"an Emperor\", or the \"divine Majority\" that render you \"Unmoved--\". Theses are titular people who value social status. To \"The Soul [that] selects her own Society\" none of these things matter, the only thing that matters is that the other person understands her. Once she finds that person she \"shuts the Door--\" and \"close[s] the Valves of her attention\"

| Posted on 2010-10-19 | by a guest


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Can people dumb it up a bit? Cause I still don\'t get it.

| Posted on 2010-10-04 | by a guest


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This poem might be inspirational to others, but i do not get what it means....

| Posted on 2010-10-01 | by a guest


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this poem shows her own reclusivness.when a person is determined hen no one can pull him or her from his right path.

| Posted on 2010-09-25 | by a guest


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her "soul chooses one" which is God and the ways and powers (emperors)of the world will not fade her dedication to her faith. She finds God and closes the door to all other things because God is the only important thing, finding and serving God is the purpose of life. The emperors represent the power on earth that will try to tempt her to lose faith.

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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her "soul chooses one" which is God and the ways and powers (emperors)of the world will not fade her dedication to her faith. She finds God and closes the door to all other things because God is the only important thing, finding and serving God is the purpose of life. The emperors represent the power on earth that will try to tempt her to lose faith.

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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her "soul chooses one" which is God and the ways and powers (emperors)of the world will not fade her dedication to her faith. She finds God and closes the door to all other things because God is the only important thing, finding and serving God is the purpose of life. The emperors represent the power on earth that will try to tempt her to lose faith.

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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her "soul chooses one" which is God and the ways and powers (emperors)of the world will not fade her dedication to her faith. She finds God and closes the door to all other things because God is the only important thing, finding and serving God is the purpose of life. The emperors represent the power on earth that will try to tempt her to lose faith.

| Posted on 2010-03-02 | by a guest


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To me tis poem represents how we all choose our own life paths. We shouldn't let others influence our decisions since it is up to ourselves alone how we live our lives.

| Posted on 2010-02-21 | by a guest


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This poem is talking about the connection we each have with our "best friends" We can have many friends and people in our lives (society) but we only have a handful of people that we have selected to trust and love with our heart (valve) Less to do with the discrimination of the mind and more to do with the yearning of the soul

| Posted on 2010-01-31 | by a guest


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Yes the society could be interpreted as a Significant Other.

| Posted on 2010-01-29 | by a guest


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This may onbe one of the boringest poems i have ever read. i hate howshe shows her affection because noone likes her. she is ugly and her poems make me puke in my mouth

| Posted on 2010-01-12 | by a guest


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i feel like emily has a selfish soul here but shutting people out of her society. Even though she found her society it doesn't mean that people can't join it. Over all great poem !!!!

| Posted on 2009-09-14 | by a guest


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It can also be about individualism. I think it shows that when she ignores the majority and the emperor (status has no meaning to her).

| Posted on 2009-03-31 | by a guest


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This is how I interpreted it. It is important to note that the author
In first stanza, it is saying how her soul has selected a single person to love and spend her life with. She is shutting a figurative door. The door represents her affection, and she is keeping her love from the 'divine' majority. By using divine, it shows she shows no affection not only from humans, but also for Gods or religious beings, when compared to this one thing that she loves.
Even when chariots, which is a symbol of courtship, are showing up in front of this door, she denies these suitors entrance to her door or heart. Even when the emperor himself kneels before her door, she is unmoved, showing her dedication to this single figure.
The author is saying how she has known her own soul for this long time, and she talks about how when her soul finds a mate, she closes this figurative valve of attention (the door) and is as steadfast as stone.

| Posted on 2008-01-31 | by a guest




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