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Much Madness is divinest Sense

Emily Dickinson

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Added by: James Roberts
This is a favourite poem of mine. It seems particularly relevant when political critics come under fire so often for merely expressing unconventional views... and is an excellent retort for if you're one of those critics :)
Added by: Aubra Taylor
This poem gives me a feeling of understanding. Often we feel pulled into a specific definition of how we should act and what makes us sane. Dickinson leaves me with a breath of comfort in that a little madness may help keep us sane.
Emily's feminist struggle
Added by: Michelle Mann
This poem, besides being genius, gives the reader a look at what life was life for a woman in the 19th century. The New Woman was emerging, and woman were torn between domesticity and independence. Emily chose her poetry as her independence and as her expression for her thoughts on religion and womanhood. This poem exemplifies that the line between sanity and madness is often blurred, and that, as a woman, many obstacles are holding you back on your quest for identity and independence
Added by: Meg
This is one of the most amazing poems I have ever read. I reccommend it to anyone who is struggling against conventionality and individualism. What seemed maddness in the past has eventually grown to be seen as wisdom(eg: women's rights) and what seemed normal has eventually grown to be recognized as folly(eg: slavery) People with the foresight to see what is truly madness and what makes sense before others do are often persecuted. This poem helped me survive highschool.
Added by: saba
The speaker of the poem pushes us as individuals to drift from the crowd and to think for ourselves rather than going with the flow. I love this poem because it shows that the majority isnt always right and that the society always assumes for us what is right and what is wrong. It is time that we stand up for ourselves and act as we wish.

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