A complete analysis of Emily Dickinson's poem, "The soul selects her own Society"

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"The Soul selects her own Society" is one of the greatest poems written by Emily Dickinson. It personifies her literary career to the "t" with the upmost descriptiveness. This poem describes a difficult selection of the soul between two societies; popular majority and self majority. It displays a light sense of imagery with a dark sense of thought. However, Dickinson's diction, imagery, symbols, and rhyme are impeccable and root deeply from her sense of description.

The diction inside of Dickinson's poem is very direct and straight to the point, with little wandering, even for the use of imagery. Even though some statements, such as "...an Emperor be kneeling...", make it hard for the reader to follow the poem, it allows the reader to expound more on the poem and in doing so become more able to understand the poem and relate it to self. The diction used affects the poem great as well as the way it is interpreted.

The opening line, "The Soul selects her own Society-...", gives you the thought that Dickinson may be talking about herself in the poem then statements like, "I've known her-...", make think that she is talking about someone else like a close friend or relative that has went through this present situation. But even in doing so, she allows you to somehow relate to the poem by opening up to not only self but also to friends, family members, and associates you might can relate it to.

Another way diction dynamically affects the poem is within its combination with imagery. The diction and imagery within the poem gives you not only a verbal sense of the poem, but a visual sense as well. With statements like, "...shuts the Door-...", "...Present no more-...", "...she notes the Chariots-...", and "...an Emperor...