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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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Literary Movement
19th Century

Spirit, Personification

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