The Soul selects her own Society— Questions and Answers
by Emily Dickinson

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What is the message of "The Soul selects her own Society"? Is it arrogant or shy?

The message of "The Soul selects her own Society" demonstrates that the soul longs to connect deeply with just a few people and shuts out the majority of the masses once those connections have been fulfilled.

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The message of "The Soul selects her own Society" is that the soul has a capacity to connect deeply with a few people and then close itself off from everyone else. The soul seems to know with certainty what it wants, and once a decision has been made, the soul cannot be moved to open up again, even for emperors—or those in positions of authority and societal rank.

The way the poem is structured, using the em dash as its only form of punctuation and even in the middle of...

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