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The Soul selects her own Society Summary & Analysis
by Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson's "The Soul selects her own Society" was first published posthumously in 1890, long after Dickinson wrote the poem in 1862. In this poem, the speaker celebrates the virtues of an independent and mostly solitary life. The speaker envisions her soul as a queenly figure who chooses her company carefully, without regard for worldly status or prestige. The poem's innovative use of slant rhyme and meter sets it apart from contemporary poetic standards; like the soul it describes, this poem obeys only its own rules.

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