Much madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
’T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur,—you’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.
Theme: Madness, Freedom and Confinement, Society and Class
Title: Much madness is divinest sense
Paraphrase: Sometimes the ‘mad’ people are the ones who have it all figured out (they are the sane ones)
Connotation: Madness is a bad term
Title: Madness is not a bad term
Metaphor: Much madness is divinest sense
Alliteration: Much madness, sense starkest
Other: Paradox - Much Madness is divinest Sense
This can reflect in her life because she might have been considered mad or crazy by others
Thoughts/ Comentary: The speaker is saying that crazy people are sane and sane people are crazy. Then she goes after the Majority who cracks down on anybody who goes against the mainstream. It's the people on the outside, claims the speaker, who see it all for what it really is.