In her poem “Much Madness is Divinest Sense”, she states that those who seem insane by going against the common norm are not crazy but rather those that seem sane. She begins her poem with the title. She’s referring to the “Madness” as the crazy people and that they are the ones who have a “divinest”, a play on the word divine, understanding. She is not implying that they have a more intellectual mindset but a holy like understanding on the word which is superior to “normal” people’s thinking. The next line focuses on the counter argument “To a discerning Eye—Much Sense—the starkest Madness—”. This is known since it states “Much Madness” rather than “Much Madness”. That those who are aware of delusionals have sense of reality.
It’s emphasized with the the capitalization of “Eye” but Dickinson ends the line with the “starkest Madness” contradicting that still those “normal” people are fully insane. The next two lines Dickinson teases society as she uses “Tis”rather than “it is”, with replacing these words it’s gives the rhythm and a sharp tone. Again, a word is capitalized, “Majority” to implicate the main focus on mainstream people of the society. It indicates that even though the insane have superior thinking that the majority of normal people will prevail since they can compete against a large group. This is evoked in Dickinson’s words ” In this, as all, prevail—”. Even though superior, in lines six “Assent—and you are sane—”, evokes that if individuals agree to the status quo than they are insane. In the next line Dickinson states that if the status quo is challenged then individuals are automatically labeled as a threat.
It’s evoked in the word “Demur” as it means to object. Dickinson is labeling the insane as “Demur” since they are the ones defying the statuesque and not compliant to society standards. Society will label you as Dickinson states, “you’re straightway dangerous”. She ultimately emphasizes this