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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 Truths 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 poems 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
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