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Happy Birthday Emily Dickinson!


Much Madness is divinest Sense - (620)

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 -

American poet Emily Dickinson was born December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her work was published following her death in 1886. However, it wasn't until 1998 that Dickinson's work appeared in her original order complete with unusual punctuations and spellings. Emily Dickinson is regarded as one of the finest poets of the English language and is credited with developing a unique American poetic voice.

You can check out the complete works of Emily Dickinson at your Milwaukee Public Library, as well as biographies and literary criticism.

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