Madness Poems

These evocative verses delve into the depths of the human psyche, exploring the complexities of mental turmoil. They may narrate the descent into madness or the struggle to find sanity in an insane world.

Poets use vivid imagery, symbolism, and metaphor to depict the chaotic and fragmented mind, leading readers on an emotional rollercoaster. These poems often challenge societal norms, question reality, and illuminate the intricate interplay between sanity and madness.

I saw a man pursuing the horizon

by Stephen Crane

‘I saw a man pursuing the horizon’ by Stephen Crane is a short but incredibly moving poem about chasing impossibilities with multiple interpretations.

The man's refusal to be swayed by any kind of logic might be interpreted as a particular kind of madness or narcissism. The parable unfolds as an intervention by the speaker on behalf of a man caught in a loop of his own misguided ambitions. This also explains the vehemence with which the man rejects the speaker's advances.

I saw a man pursuing the horizon;

Round and round they sped.

I was disturbed at this;

I accosted the man.

Much Madness is divinest Sense

by Emily Dickinson

‘Much Madness is divinest Sense’ by Emily Dickinson is an exacting and poignant poem that expresses the speaker’s opinion of sanity and insanity. 

Much Madness is divinest Sense -

To a discerning Eye -

Much Sense - the starkest Madness -

Sonnet 147

by William Shakespeare

‘Sonnet 147,’ also known as ‘My love is as a fever, longing still,’ is a dark poem. It expresses the speaker’s loss of control over his body and mind. The Dark Lady has consumed his life like an illness.

My love is as a fever longing still,

For that which longer nurseth the disease;

Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,

The uncertain sickly appetite to please.

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