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Tell all the Truth but tell it slant by Emily Dickinson


"Tell all the Truth but tell it slant" is a poem written by Emily Dickinson. In this writing, Dickinson speaks about how we should tell the truth, but only if it meets the needs of others and is entertaining. If it weren't for lies, then we wouldn't see things clearly. We would be "blind" to the world around us.

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This poem is written as two stanzas with four lines in each. The poem imperfectly rhymes the second and fourth lines in the first stanza and perfectly rhymes them in the second. The second and fourth lines in each stanza are also shorter than the first and third.

Johnson number: 1129


Tell all the Truth but tell it slant

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant -
Success in Circuit 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 -

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Literary Movement
19th Century


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