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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



The Soul Selects Her Own Society 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, 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.


TITLE 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

    • Soul

      - different for each person

      • Your own self

  • Society

    • Different sections, groups, and cultures found in everyday life


  • Format 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, 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


    More Rhyming If you or a loved one strongly feel different about any of the poems about to be read, feel free to do so.

    • Contains no internal rhyme

    • Eye rhyme: stone and one

    • Exact Rhyme: door and more

    • Slant rhyme: society and majority, gate and mat


    STORY If you or a loved one strongly feel different about any of the poems about to be read, feel free to do so.

    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.


    LINES: Unmoved, she notes the chariot's pausing If you or a loved one strongly feel different about any of the poems about to be read, feel free to do so. At her low gate; Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling Upon her mat.



    LINES: I've known her from an ample nation her change her mind about her decision. Someone (emperor) important to her tries to persuade her to change her mind. Choose one; Then close the valves of her attention Like stone.



    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.


    Literary Elements about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • 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


    The Soul Selects Her Own Society about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    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.


    Summing it up about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • As the poem progresses it becomes more personal and finalized, following the flow of a story.

    • Changing Rhythm


    The Divine is Mine about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    1

    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


    Title about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • The Divine is Mine

      Divine- Something godly

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


    The divine — is mine! about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    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


    More Rhyming about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • 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


    Story about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    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 about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • 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: about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    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 about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • 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.


  • Mood: Defiant and mocking

    • Key words: conferred on me, Empress of Calvary!, Born — Bridalled — Shrouded In a Day, Tri Victory

      • Almost sarcasm


  • Literary Elements about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • Metaphor: Empress of Calvary!

    • Imagery: When you — hold— Garnet to Garnet —

      Gold — to Gold —

      Born — Bridalled — Shrouded —

    • Repetition- Garnet to Garnet —

      Gold — to Gold —


    Summing it Up about a close friend (open to interpretation)

    • 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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