Much Madness – Emily Dickinson

Since April is Poetry Month, I shall take advantage by posting poems without waiting for Poetry Friday.  Today, this one caught my eye.  As I read it, I saw that it has a universal meaning that goes further than the obvious interpretation as Dickinson’s evaluation of the social place of women in her time.  And I was struck by its application to the situation of members of the Catholic Church, or even those who believe in God, within a society that has thrown off moral constraint and lives according to the 60’s cry, “If it feels good, do it!”

Emily Dickinson

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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
And handled with a chain-
                                     Emily Dickinson

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2 Responses to Much Madness – Emily Dickinson

  1. Jamie Dedes says:

    Emily Dickenson is always a fine choice. Well done.

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