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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.

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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