`` Much Madness Is The Divinest Sense `` By Emily Dickinson

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Poet of Paradox
The Belle of Amherst, The Woman in White, or The Most Paradoxical of Poets…who can say which pseudonym is most becoming of the late great Emily Dickinson. By virtue of the multitudinous biographical literary works, moreover the wondrous intimacy of Dickinson’s poetry, one could surmise that as readers we comprehend her entirely: yet the most prevalent experience borne from reading Emily’s work, especially if her poems are read successively, is that we come away feeling as though we know nothing at all. Like no author before her and very few after her, Emily Dickinson divulges her hearts hidden secrets while recording what is inexorably one of the most conscientious explorations of the human consciousness ever attempted. Dickinson is known posthumously for her unusual use of form and syntax, but it was her pervasive themes of immortality, death, and madness in her poems that would canonize her as an indelible American character.
In “Much Madness is the divinest Sense,” Dickinson emphatically establishes a theme of madness within the context of the poem. This poem is rather difficult to read and not feel that it is inspirited by Dickinson’s own life of reclusion, which many have presented as a symptom of her insanity. “Much Madness is the divinest Sense” discombobulates the notion of what’s crazy and what’s not, it’s a piece for every person who has ever pondered “Am I insane…or is the world completely mad?” Dickinson poignantly reveals how what is accepted…

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