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Is there really a link between Genius and Madness?

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Their breath is agitation, and their life

A storm whereon they ride, to sink at last,

And yet so nurs’d and bigotted to strife,

That should their days, surviving perils past,

Melt to calm twilight, they feel overcast

With sorrow and supineness, and so die

—George Gordon, Lord Byron

There has long been an association between genius and the artistic temperament but is there really a link between genius and madness?

Edward Pain graduated from Pembroke College in 2007. He is now actively involved in supporting those with mental health problems

This talk is part of the Ivory Tower Society, Pembroke College series.

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