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How does Emily Dickinson reflect Romantic thinking in her writing?

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While Emily Dickinson is not typically considered a Romantic poet, a lot of her work nevertheless exhibits some of the most striking characteristics of Romanticism.  One of the key components of Romantic poetry is a focus on emotion and individualism.  Two specific examples of Dickinson's poetry that embody these features are "Much Madness is divinest Sense" and "I'm nobody!  Who are you?"

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 -

Dickinson's belief in the value of the individual is on full display here.  She sets up a paradox , to be mad is to be sane, and then resolves it through a critique of the concept of majority rule.  Dickinson makes it clear that "a discerning eye" understands that the majority cannot be trusted, and that it shows greater sense to go against the majority.  To the poet, those within...

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