Much Madness Is Divinest Sense

963 Words Nov 23rd, 2012 4 Pages
Amelia Hughes
ENG 102
November 21, 2012
Much Madness is divinest Sense
Emily Dickinson is was a talented and unique poet; some might even call her strange or mad. This poem, in a way, represents her life that was far from what was considered normal. In the 1800s, a certain type of behavior was expected from people, especially from women. Women cooked, cleaned, and nurtured their families, while under the control of men. It was not looked upon well when women strayed from this status quo. Emily Dickinson did, and this poem demonstrates this rebellion.
This poem is short in length, like most of Emily Dickinson 's other poems. It contains the use of perfect rhymes, imperfect rhymes, and end rhymes. An example of the perfect rhyme is
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“Perhaps Dickinson was negatively referring to being “handled” or controlled by marriage, or worse, in an insane asylum” (Victoriana Online). This seems to be the central focus or message of this poem; escaping the chains of men, society, or anything else that restricts a person from being themselves.
Emily Dickinson was a very important poet of the nineteenth century, even though she did not have any of her poems published under her name until after her death. She did have some published anonymously and she put poems in letters to her friends after her isolation. Dickinson 's writing obviously did not stop at this though. “Upon her death, Dickinson 's family discovered 40 handbound volumes of nearly 1800 of her poems, or "fascicles" as they are sometimes called” (Poets Online). She wrote all of these poems for herself with seemingly no intent to get rich or famous off of them, but just to use her intelligence or express her emotions that could not be expressed during this time period. “Much Madness is divinest Sense” is a very good representation of Emily Dickinson and her life; it was full of intelligence, creativity, and rebellion. Emily Dickinson did not assent with the majority, she demurred and created her own status quo.
Works Cited
“Emily Dickinson.” Poets.org: From the Academy of American Poets. Copyright 1997-2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012. http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/155
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