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Much Madness is divinest Sense

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Karlie Gibson

on 19 November 2012

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Transcript of Much Madness is divinest Sense

Much Madness is divinest Sense Emily Dickinson 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 straightway dangerous-
And handled with a Chain- Emily Dickinson Analysis of Dickinson's Life In the second part of the poem, Emily Dickinson comments that the "Demur" are considered "straightaway dangerous" and are "handled with a chain".
Dickinson considers herself as demur, or reserved and rational, in her reaction with society; however society dubbed Dickinson as insane immediately and did so without a thought to her reasons. Theme Madness Versus Sanity "Much Madness is divinest Sense" is reflective of Emily Dickinson's own personal life.
Emily had a very active social life in her early twenties, but she later became a recluse from society to focus on her writing
Emily knew what she was missing out on because she had participated in her younger years, but still thought of this life as not worth living, and preferred to focus on her writing.
Without being subject to the constraints of a social life, Emily Dickinson was able to write much more prolifically and profoundly Society looked down on Emily's seclusion and thus thought her mad and overcome by insanity.
Any person who disregards the normal way of life, by societies terms, is considered an outcast
In this poem, Dickinson paralleled the madness that was considered sense to society's opinion and the sense that was considered madness to her decision to become a recluse
Dickinson chose art over society, and perhaps it was not the most "divinest sense," it was not an insane choice just because it was deemed different Analysis Continued... Sanity is an ambiguous term: having more than one interpretation, in this case, whatever society wants to believe is sane.
Dickinson does well to point out that the majority states what is sane and what is insane.
In this poem, Dickinson elaborates on straying from the expectations of society; if one objects from the constraints of society, it threatens the ability of society as a whole to prevail.
Society has a strict set of rules, and interfering with these rules can evoke ostracism from everybody in society Symbolism Emily Dickinson purposefully capitalizes these words to emphasize symbolism in the poem.
Madness- represents Emily's seclusion
Sense- represents social society
Eye- represents intelligence, and the ability to understand the reason beneath Emily's "madness"
Majority- general masses of society
All- everyone who takes part in the goals of society
Chain- the final opinion of Dickinson in society and how she should be handled by society By: Karlie Gibson and Ali Heiber
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