Much Madness by Emily Dickinson Brad Bergum

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

Attitude/Tone: Correcting

Shifts: none

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.


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