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Emily Dickinson's "The Soul selects her own Society"

Analysis of the poem
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seham hussein

on 19 March 2011

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Transcript of Emily Dickinson's "The Soul selects her own Society"

The poem describes that people choose the companions who matter to them and exclude everyone else from their inner awarness. In the first quatrain, Dickinson states that once someone selects his-her own companion, the rest of the world is shut out. This statement is emphasized in the second quatrain, where Dickinson writes on how the soul remains indifferent even when implausible circumstances come along. This incredible situation is the arrival of the "Emperor", a symbol of a highly respected figure. Even when he is "kneeling Upon her Mat—", the soul remains "unmoved". The third and last quatrain is the conclusion of the poem. The conclusion reiterats the theme that the soul has the ability to decide whoever partner it desires. Throughout the poem, there's a recurring image of doors and pathways closing. This particular image reflects Dickinson's own solitude and isolation. Dickinson's imagery and diction within the peom assists in giving the reader both verbal and visual sense of the poem. Statements like "shuts the door", "she notes the chariots".. etc give a feeling of presence to the reader. In the poem, the rhyme scheme is not organized in any particular way. The rhyme scheme is broken up by hyphens; such hyphens allow the reader to comprehend the poem slowly rather that rushing over the important themes. Her diction is smiple and straight to the point, suggesting the main focus of the poem. One of the common symbols used by Dickinson is the stone. It symbolizes determination; unlike flowers, stones remain unalterable. To sum up, the poem comments on the Soul of the individual and its refusal of the standard of the larger society.
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