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Emily Dickinson (1830–86).  Complete Poems.  1924.

Part One: Life

XI


MUCH madness is divinest sense
To a discerning eye;
Much sense the starkest madness.
’T is the majority
In this, as all, prevails.        5
Assent, and you are sane;
Demur,—you ’re straightway dangerous,
And handled with a chain.

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