There Is a Solitude of Space

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"There is a solitude of space A solitude of sea A solitude of death, but these Society shall be Compared with that profounder site" What she's saying in these lines is that society can provide a solitude of space, that in the teeming masses (the sea of humanity), you can find anonymity in the privacy of your home or the fact you can get lost in the crowd...to be alone amongst the many. Then there is the solitude of death, which is a removal from society entirely and the perpetual solitude of the grave...but such a state may lack awareness. So she says that all these types of solitude, when compared with that profounder site, "That polar privacy", which is "A soul admitted to itself" -- you'll find a different kind of solitude...one that possesses "Finite infinity." The key here is a "soul admitted to itself"...meaning when you allow your soul, your inner self, to look inside itself, to truly be "with" itself, you'll understand the true nature of solitude, of being truly alone, without the illusion of being "with" any one or anything thing. Dickinson is being metaphysical here, dealing with a sense of solitude, whether from someone close to her dying, leaving, or simply ignoring what she thinks, says or does. She deals with it by analyzing what being alone is all about, and ends with the realization that we are all alone, and once we understand how alone we really are, will never feel alone when we're amongst others and don't have to be by ourselves, within ourselves, looking at that finite infinity (literary conceit) of space we call the soul. Emily Dickinson is depicting the world within one's mind compared with that of reality. This poem describes a inner loneliness. Dickinson meant we are alone in death: "a soul admitted to finite infinity." Individuals make up society: "solitude of space" As with most of her poems, I think she is talking about
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