Tell all the truth but tell it slant

Tell all the truth but tell it slant - by Emily Dickinson (1830-1856)

Tell all the truth but tell it slant -

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth's superb surprise

As Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind -

Is Dickinson talking about poetry or the nature of 'truth' as is or both or something else?

What does this poem mean to you?

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About the Author

Janette B. Fuller is a teacher and author of three books. Her business is to write stories set in the place she knows best – Jamaica – while also helping writers to write their own stories. 

When you are ready to write your story and/or after you have written your story, make contact with her at for coaching and editing services, respectively.

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