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Emily Dickinson. The Soul Selects Her Own Society The Divine is Mine. NOTICE: All of Emily’s poems are free to interpretation. If you or a loved one strongly feel different about any of the poems about to be read, feel free to do so. The Soul Selects Her Own Society.

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the soul selects her own society the divine is mine

Emily Dickinson

The Soul Selects Her Own Society

The Divine is Mine

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NOTICE: All of Emily’s poems are free to interpretation. If you or a loved one strongly feel different about any of the poems about to be read, feel free to do so.
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The Soul Selects Her Own Society

The soul selects her own society, Then shuts the door;On her divine majorityObtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot\'s pausingAt her low gate;Unmoved, an emperor is kneelingUpon her mat.

I\'ve known her from an ample nationChoose one;Then close the valves of her attentionLike stone.

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TITLE

  • The Soul Selects Her Own Society
    • Soul

- different for each person

          • Your own self
    • Society
      • Different sections, groups, and cultures found in everyday life
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Format

The soul selects her own society, Then shuts the door;On her divine majorityObtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot\'s pausingAt her low gate;Unmoved, an emperor is kneelingUpon her mat.

I\'ve known her from an ample nationChoose one;Then close the valves of her attentionLike stone.

  • 3 Stanzas
  • 12 Lines
  • 4 lines per Stanza
  • 3 quatrains

(4 lined poems)

  • Rhyme Scheme:

ABAB

CDCD

EFEF

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More Rhyming

  • Contains no internal rhyme
  • Eye rhyme: stone and one
  • Exact Rhyme: door and more
  • Slant rhyme: society and majority, gate and mat
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STORY

LINES : The soul selects her own society, Then shuts the door; On her divine majority Obtrude no more.

MEANING: The person, in order to be true to herself, chooses one place/life style out of an infinite amount to call her own and gives up everything else.

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LINES: Unmoved, she notes the chariot\'s pausing At her low gate; Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling Upon her mat.
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MEANING: She sees temptations (chariots) that try to make her change her mind about her decision. Someone (emperor) important to her tries to persuade her to change her mind.
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LINES: I\'ve known her from an ample nation Choose one; Then close the valves of her attention Like stone.
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MEANING: The speaker has known this person (soul) before (they are possibly the same person) and she has decided to stick with their decision and become close minded about the situation.
  • Valves- referring to closing her mind or heart
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SPEAKER: A woman talking about her soul or a person talking about a close friend (open to interpretation)

-sounds like Emily’s choice

to stay away form people

and stay in her house

Mood: A story shared/pensive

Key Words: I\'ve known her

(remembering), Unmoved, she

notes the chariot\'s pausing

( slow Paced and steady)

The rhythm of the poem is slow

adding to the pensiveness of the

mood.

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Literary Elements

  • Entire Poem- personification of a soul
  • Alliteration- The soul selects her own society
  • Symbolism- Emily’s reclusive nature, line 7: the emperor= someone of great importance or status to the speaker, line 11 “valves of her attention”= closing of the mind or heart
  • Repetition: Unmoved- lines 5 and 7
  • Imagery: first 2 stanzas
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The Soul Selects Her Own Society

The soul selects her own society, Then shuts the door;On her divine majorityObtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot\'s pausingAt her low gate;Unmoved, an emperor is kneelingUpon her mat.

I\'ve known her from an ample nationChoose one;Then close the valves of her attentionLike stone.

Lines 10 and 12 reinforce the meaning that the soul can only choose one path and there is no going back.

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Summing it up

  • As the poem progresses it becomes more personal and finalized, following the flow of a story.
  • Changing Rhythm
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The Divine is Mine

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The divine — is mine!

The Wife — without the Sign!

Acute Degree — conferred on me —

Empress of Calvary!

Royal — all but the Crown!

Betrothed — without the swoon

God sends us Women —

When you — hold— Garnet to Garnet —

Gold — to Gold —

Born — Bridalled — Shrouded —

In a Day —

Tri Victory

"My Husband" — women say —

Stroking the Melody —

Is this — the way?

5

10

15

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Title

  • The Divine is Mine

Divine- Something godly

-The speaker proclaims that she has ownership of what is divine

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The divine — is mine!

The Wife — without the Sign!

Acute Degree — conferred on me —

Empress of Calvary!

Royal — all but the Crown!

Betrothed — without the swoon

God sends us Women —

When you — hold— Garnet to Garnet —

Gold — to Gold —

Born — Bridalled — Shrouded —

In a Day —

Tri Victory

"My Husband" — women say —

Stroking the Melody —

Is this — the way?

Free Form

15 lines

Rhyme Scheme: ABACCDEFGHIHJKLMNLOL

Many, many dashes

Format

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More Rhyming

  • Internal Rhyme: Divine and mine, Degree and me
  • Exact Rhyme: Say, Way, and Day
  • Slant Rhyme: Mine and Sign
  • Not much of a rhyme scheme
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Story

The divine — is mine!

The Wife — without the Sign!

Acute Degree — conferred on me —

Empress of Calvary!

Royal — all but the Crown!

Betrothed — without the swoon

meaning
Meaning
  • The speaker is saying that many women marry just to say they are married and to have the feeling of purpose which comes with marriage. Emily says that she already has this purpose without marriage.
lines
Lines:

God sends us Women —

When you — hold— Garnet to Garnet —

Gold — to Gold —

Born — Bridalled — Shrouded —

In a Day —

Tri Victory

"My Husband" — women say —

Stroking the Melody —

Is this — the way?

meaning1
Meaning
  • Esp. in religion a woman’s main reason for life is marriage. From the day she is born, she is limited to a certain type of life. These women are depended on their husbands but Emily believes there is a different way to live.
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Speaker: A woman to women in general
      • Based on Emily’s beliefs
  • Mood: Defiant and mocking
    • Key words: conferred on me, Empress of Calvary!, Born — Bridalled — Shrouded In a Day, Tri Victory
        • Almost sarcasm
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Literary Elements

  • Metaphor: Empress of Calvary!
  • Imagery: When you — hold— Garnet to Garnet —

Gold — to Gold —

Born — Bridalled — Shrouded —

  • Repetition- Garnet to Garnet —

Gold — to Gold —

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Summing it Up

  • The speaker is trying to share her views in a mocking and fun way.
  • Rhythm is broken up with hyphens to make certain words stand out.
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