HE112-MADNESS DICKINSON - John Coghlan Professor Nolan...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
John Coghlan Professor Nolan English II Much Madness is divinest Sense While at the United States Naval Academy, we are often told we are public figures and the perception we give those around us, is the reality of the Naval Academy that they take away. Indeed it may be, for how can we disapprove of another’s opinion and how they see, feel, or think? It is this phenomena that Emily Dickinson writes about in her poem, Much Madness is Divinest Sense . Throughout her poem, Mrs. Dickinson uses paradox, overstatement, and irony to strongly express her theme that it is those who retain their own uniqueness that are truly normal and not those who only follow what the rest of society does. Emily Dickinson’s opening line, “Much Madness is divinest Sense- To a discerning Eye- Much Sense- the starkest madness- Tis the majority,” is a literary paradox, an apparent contradiction that is somewhat true. On one hand, it makes no sense for both Madness to be divine and sense to be the starkest madness, as these words have entirely opposite meanings, so that there can be no parallelism between them. However, when examining this paradox it is necessary to note the words “discerning” and
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 05/05/2008 for the course ENGLISH 112 taught by Professor Na during the Spring '06 term at Loyola Chicago.

Page1 / 3

HE112-MADNESS DICKINSON - John Coghlan Professor Nolan...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online