I would like to whole-heartedly apologise for my previous remark. I was high on magic mushrooms at the time. Now the effects have worn off.
I have been pondering an ED problem for a while now. Does anyone know who the speaker in poem #303 is? i have many theories of my own, but do not want to rush to a conclusion. any help would be hugely... laughed at
Hello Emily and welcome to a2k. Thank you for your apology... it is gratefully accepted. Many people post here, but few admit to being on drugs to do so.
It is very interesting to me that your "high" on mushrooms would end so abruptly. I hope you didn't crash & burn. It is possible and preferable, btw, to edit your message if you feel you were too harsh, especially when you flame another poster.
You ask about poem #303. I'm posting it here so that everyone can take a look.
The Soul selects her own Society (303)
The Soul selects her own Society --
Then -- shuts the Door --
To her divine Majority --
Present no more --
Unmoved -- she notes the Chariots -- pausing --
At her low Gate --
Unmoved -- an Emperor be kneeling
Upon her Mat --
I've known her -- from an ample nation --
Choose One --
Then -- close the Valves of her attention --
Like Stone --
We don't usually analyze poetry here so much... instead we post what we enjoy in the hope that others might connect with us through a mutual appreciation of the form. Having prefaced my comments with that, I'll say that I think readers are more generally apt to wonder who or what is meant by "The Soul" in this poem. As you've asked who the speaker is, my simple and straightforward assumption is Emily Dickinson herself. At least I see nothing to indicate otherwise.
I am however an EStVM fan and admit to no great understanding of ED. I think the poet is noting here that passion cannot be explained; that there is no discernable reason for a person to select one thing over another... but it happens. I saw a quote once that said this succinctly: "It is my opinion and it is very true."