"Tell all the truth but tell it slant"
By Emily Dickinson
Tell all the Truth but tell it slant---
Success in Cirrcuit lies
Too bright for our infirm Delight
The Truth's superb surprise
As Lightening to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind---
Emily Dickinson poem "Tell all the truth but tell it slant" is about telling the full 'truth and nothing but the truth' and how its affects ones perception of how "truth" should be told.
The opening line "tell all the truth but tell it slant" is the same as that of the title. Emily Dickinson does this because she wants the reader to realise that the poem's main idea is that truth is stated indirectly toward us. It is supposedly too powerful to be taken in all at once and that we are unprepared and not willing to admit to it. The word "slant" could have several meanings to it, for it could mean that something is not straight or it can give greater significance to a letter or word that is slanted or put in italics. Furthermore it could be used as a bias, a persons point of view to which he believes is correct.
However, the second line indicates that lies are in "Cirrcuit." Dickinson misspells the word 'Circuit' to give it greater emphasis. . It is also used to place a greater emphasis on the idea, that the truth is not straight. This idea in turn connects to the 1st line that one must tell the truth, but in slant. She repeats this theme throughout the poem and indicates that, the truth must be told indirectly as it is "too bright for our infirm delight" meaning that we are not able to handle the full truth and its divine meaning. The word 'infirm' is strong in the sense that it makes us, human beings look weak, since we are not capable of knowing the full truth and that is why Dickinson writes that it should be given to us as steady progression so that we can understand the 'truth' when we are ready or that we cannot take the truth...
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