Much Madness Is Divinest Sense

November 21, 2015
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As the Long March of the left burns and hacks its way through the nation’s remaining cultural institutions-reenacting the Cultural Revolution on American soil-and Europeans who balk at being invaded by the vanguards of Islam are condemned as Islamophobic bigots, it’s appropriate to reflect on the words  of a woman who is considered by many to be America’s greatest poet. She captures the surreality of living in a time and place where rational thought has been cast out of the public square. 

Daguerreotype of the poet Emily Dickinson, taken circa 1848. (Original version.) From the Todd-Bingham Picture Collection and Family Papers, Yale University Manuscripts & Archives Digital Images Database, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

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 dangerous –
And handled with a Chain –

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