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Villanelle (For Emily Dickinson)
R (04/12/86 / essex, england / carmathen, wales)

Villanelle (For Emily Dickinson)

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Why flee from fear of feelings too intense?
Dear Emily provided the refrain:
Much madness is in fact divinest sense

Too few have spoken out in its defense
While I for one am wary of the sane
Why flee from fear of feelings too intense?

Though doctors may seem eager to condense
Our dreams into ‘diseases of the brain’
Much madness is in fact divinest sense

To speak your mind is sure to cause offence
Those who demur are handled with a chain
Why flee from fear of feelings too intense?

For those who see far, far beyond the fence
Or find the world within a single grain
Much madness is in fact divinest sense

Let us speak honestly, without pretense
In a mad world only the mad are sane
Why flee from fear of feelings too intense?
Much madness is in fact divinest sense

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Beautifully constructed! Great choice of form matching meaning!


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