The soul selects her own Society by Emily Dickinson
"The Soul selects her own Society" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. This poem is about how The Soul (personified as a woman) selects who she is around (her society). Even though there is an Emperor kneeling in front of her ("On her Mat"), she still closes "the Valves of her attention - / Like Stone -".
Essentially, the poem means that she chooses whom she wants to be around and creates her own "society" by doing so.
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This poem is written as three stanzas with four lines in each. The stanzas rhyme imperfectly A-B-A-B.
Johnson number: 303
The Soul selects her own Society 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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