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After reading both Tell All the Truth but Tell It Slant by Emily Dickinson and Harlem by Langston Hughes I determined that the main difference between the two poems is both poets use of diction Dickinson makes use of abstract diction in her poem using words like bright delight superb and dazzle Using the word truth in itself is an enormous abstraction Hughes however uses more concrete diction with words such as raisin fester sore meat and load These are actual physical things that exist I see this as the most significant difference between the two poems At first glance Dickinsons poem made no sense to me I then however tore it apart and came up with the following explication Line one basically states tell me the whole truth but dont be so direct Dont just come out and say it In line two when the speaker refers to a circuit she is most likely comparing the way they tell the truth to the way circuits wind their way around a room mostly hidden but getting their job done Lines three and four are saying the direct truth may be too much to handle such as the sun may be too bright to look at directly Lines five and six are telling this person to explain the truth like one might explain lightning to a child with a kind soothing tone of voice thats easy to understand Lines seven and eight say that the truth must come a little at a time or gradually so that it may leave us in some suspense rather than hitting us all at once and leaving us unable to comprehend the whole truth for what it is Dickinsons use of alliteration shows in the poem especially in lines one two four and seven where she uses words in pairs such as tell truth success circuit the truth superb and surprise Dickinsons style appears almost childlike in its descriptions
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