How does Emily Dickinson use individuality in her poems?

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In some poems, Dickinson seems distrustful of the majority, as though it is much safer to rely on one's own wits and ideas and to avoid those of the majority altogether.

Take the poem we refer to as "Much Madness is divinest Sense," for example: in this text, the speaker says that it is the "Majority" who "prevail" in terms of deciding who is counted as sensible and who is counted as mad or insane. She argues that if you "assent" to the majority opinion or view, then they say "you are sane"; however, if you "demur" or disagree with the majority, then they call you "dangerous."

To a "discerning Eye," though, the person counted sane by the majority actually suffers from "starkest Madness" because they do not think for themselves, and the person counted insensible by the majority is actually in possession of "divinest Sense" because they rely on their own individual critical faculties to make decisions rather than simply doing what the majority does. Here, then, we see Dickinson's faith in...

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