Much Madness Is Divinest Sense Poem by Emily Dickinson

Much Madness Is Divinest Sense

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Much Madness is divinest Sense -
To a discerning Eye -
Much Sense - the starkest Madness -
`Tis the Majority
In this, as All, prevail -
Assent - and you are sane -
Demur - you`re straightaway dangerous -
And handled with a Chain -

River Lee 28 November 2008

Emerson said: It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after one's own. But great is the man who in midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

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David Nyaboga 28 May 2019

my best and favourite poem

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Dana Atherton 13 October 2018

This poem is the epitome for all artists and visionaries to repeat to themselves when in moments of self doubt. Van Gogh, Thelonius Monk and others like them bear the truth and embody the meaning behind this poem.

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Maeve Hightower 28 April 2016

The brilliance if this poem, I think, lies in the word 'demure.' It's such a harmless word, entirely unworthy of chains.

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Brian Jani 05 May 2014

Wow nice pen work

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Nichole Harper 05 February 2010

I absolutely love this poem. A wonderful professor turned me on to Ms. Dickinson and I haven't looked back since. Sorry, I'm not going to inject any snotty intellectual elitism here. Dickinson never needed it and this piece presents a fine insight into why.

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Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

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