Much Madness Is Divinest Sense by Emily Dickinson

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What is the claim/meaning of the poem "Much Madness is Divinest Sense"?

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A contemporary of Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, wrote in his essay Self-Reliance,

Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members....The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion.  It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

Like Emerson, Ms. Dickinson strongly valued her independence of thought, and led a reclusive life, deliberately choosing solitude in which to write her poetry.  In fact, she was often portrayed as a mad recluse;...

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