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Tell all the Truth but tell it slant- Analysis



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Tell all the Truth but tell it slant-

Success in Circuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth's superb surpriseAs Lightning to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind-





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| Posted on 2011-09-04 | by a guest


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This is a deeply religious poem. I believe Emily was turning biblical teachings into her own words. The Bible teaches that to few, the truth appears suddenly, like lightning, as in St.Paul\'s case, on the road to Damascus (and which caused him to go instantly blind, \"to bright for our infirm (human/weak) delight, the truth\'s superb surprise.\" The last two lines directly relate to this event. Emily had a thorough knowledge of the Bible, and the poem seems to be Emily\'s version of Jesus\' teaching on how the truth is revealed, either under signs and figures, which is more common, or by lightning, as in St.Paul\'s case, which is more rare, for every man WOULD be blind.

| Posted on 2011-03-26 | by a guest


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세상에 거짓은 없다
모든 거짓은 드러나기 때문이다
지금 당신은 거짓말을 몇 번이나 했는가?
아마... 셀수도 없을 것이다
하지만 누구나 거짓말을 하면 죄책감이 든다.
그것은 어느 누구도 예외가 아니다
오늘, 내일, 모레, 일년, 이년, 십년...
세월이 흐르고 시간이 지나도
거짓은 사라지지 않을 것이다
하지만 지금의 당신이 용서를 받고 x 용서를 구하라
다른 사람이 상처를 받아도 당신을 미워해도
용서를 구해라
그게 얼마나 큰 거짓 이라도...
BY:PJW

| Posted on 2011-02-27 | by a guest


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Truth is (no circuit here), even the bad stuff of life is good.
Truth is, even anguish can end up with meaning & healing.
Truth is, any given human is so much more than ever they thought they were - so much so that it\'s scary.
Truth is, you are BIG. Not little. And blindingly Brilliant.
OTOH,
Truth is, we are Little, like a little kid is little. When we let go of the idea that we are something separate, finally at least then, we don\'t end up less-than. Small is big. Ordinary is extraordinary.
Truth is, nobody can really get this stuff till they\'ve lived it, because
It is Life that tells it Slant,
Life that speaks in Circuit - unfolding gently till we Understand.
Because the gradual unfolding of the Truth – is what enlarges & strengthens us to tolerate its superb surprise.
Dazzling!

| Posted on 2010-12-22 | by a guest


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i think that is poem is saying the exact same thing as in the waters of babylon when it says \"Truth is a hard deer to hunt. If you eat too much truth at once, you may die of the truth.\"

| Posted on 2010-10-09 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is saying that every one should know the truth but you should tell it over time so that there not taken back by the information because sometimes people cant handle the truth when its told so straight forward.

| Posted on 2010-09-27 | by a guest


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Each time I re-read this poem I saw it from a different light. She says to tell all the truth but tell it slant This being the idea of maybe a white lie. To some people the truth can be very painful, or one might get into trouble for telling the truth.
The next part was more difficult for me Success in Circuit lies, Too bright for our infirm delight I think it means to slowly reveal the truth like on a path that slowly gets you to the truth. Then she says the idea of truth being too bright. I believe this means that sometimes coming straight forward is shocking like the sun is blinding when you first walk outside from a dark room. The actual surprise of the truth is too bright to be instantly stated.
This is then somewhat restated when she says as lighting to the children, eased with explanation. When children first see lighting they are shocked by it, and it must be explained slowly. You dont want to tell a child right away that it is fast moving electron particles that are created by hot and cold air moving together and so on. They wouldnt understand. Also revealing right away that the lightning is dangerous and can ultimately cause great damage would also be too freighting to a child. But instead we slowly teach children about lighting and as they become adults they understand what it is, and that it can be dangerous, but not so scary as when they were young and didnt understand.
She continues with the idea of slowly revealing the truth in the next verse the truth must dazzle gradually, or every man be blind. Again here she goes back to the idea of slowly telling the truth and the idea of being blinded by it. Here I believe she is also hinting on the idea of truth in some kind of religion. This is where I also interpreted it differently each time I read it. It could be the idea that at first when learning about religion its somewhat glamorous such as the idea of going the heaven and meeting God. But as the truth is slowly revealed to us there is so much more to it than that, and so many different ways to go about religion. And that if the actual truth was revealed to man right away, we would be blind or that same idea as before. We wouldnt know what to do right way.

| Posted on 2010-03-30 | by a guest


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My interpretation of this poem is this:
To tell the outright truth is too much for people to handle. Surprising someone with the truth is like a child seeing lightning for the first time and trying to explain to them why it is the way it is. The truth has to be gradually told or the person or people that the truth is being told to will be shocked.
So to 'slant' the truth isn't to tell a lie but to tell the truth little by little.
-Anonymous

| Posted on 2010-03-16 | by a guest


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To tell the truth is too difficult to tell.it is easier to tell it in slant. there are many advantage to tell the truth in slant: truth is not always applicable to whom you are talking about. sometimes it creates dilemma to tell or not. how do someone take it? it be cause of someone's embracing and trouble.but we should tell the truth at any condition. by noni gopal sutradhar

| Posted on 2010-02-09 | by a guest


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To tell the truth is too difficult to tell.it is easier to tell it in slant. there are many advantage to tell the truth in slant: truth is not always applicable to whom you are talking about. sometimes it creates dilemma to tell or not. how do someone take it? it be cause of someone's embracing and trouble.but we should tell the truth at any condition.

| Posted on 2010-02-09 | by a guest


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I think that she believes the truth must be figured out by oneself at his or her own pace- not necessarily through another person. True "enlightenment" is not something we could easily reach, the path to truth is an important part of the truth itself.

| Posted on 2010-01-02 | by a guest


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I think that this poem makes really good points on how the truth can be hurtful and how saying it gradually may be the right way to go so someone doesn't put up a mental block and refuse to let the truth sink in. But I also believe that sometimes just getting the truth out in the air is the best way to go.

| Posted on 2009-11-21 | by a guest


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I think that this poem makes really good points on how the truth can be hurtful and how saying it gradually may be the right way to go so someone doesn't put up a mental block and refuse to let the truth sink in. But I also believe that sometimes just getting the truth out in the air is the best way to go.

| Posted on 2009-11-21 | by a guest


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I think she's speaking in a spiritual sense. ( Truth as the voice of the holy spirit or Jung's unconscious, etc. ) When truth is spoken from that 'real' place, most people can't handle it. Not everyone is ready for the Truth.

| Posted on 2009-09-24 | by a guest


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this is what i think she means by her lines:
Tell the truth but tell it slant-- I think she is saying be honest, but indirectly. success in circuit lies-- move around the truth in a circle and spiral down towards revealing the actual truth, dont just blurt the truth out plainly and all at once. too bright for our infirm delight, the truth's suburb surprise-- the surprise of the truth is too bright to be instantly delighted by it. as lightning to the children eased, with explanation kind-- children will become at ease with the shock of lightening once it is explained to them what it is, like telling the truth must be explained kindly in order to become less scary. The truth must dazzle gradually, or every man be blind- we must be enlightened by the truth gradually or we will be blind by the brightness of the naked truth. (like you dont want to yank up the blinds in the morning in a dark room or the outside sun is going to be blinding!...pull them up slowly and your eyes will gradually adjust and you will be delighted to see the morning sun)

| Posted on 2009-04-20 | by a guest


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This doesn't mean don't tell the truth. It doesn't even mean don't tell the whole truth. The poem is NOT saying that the truth should be told to a certain extent. What the title means by "tell it SLANT", can be understood by thinking about dropping ball on your head. If someone drops a ball on your straight down, the ball will hurt. Bit if you roll the ball down a slant the ball takes longer to reach the persons head and the impact is lessened. It doesn't hurt as much. The Force is spread out through time, rolling towards the persons head, getting closer to the truth gradually, rather than causing pain by being dumped all at once.
For example, saying "You look ugly." is giving somebody verbal pain and them arriving at this conclusion because they know you have. They have gone from the NORMAL mental state to a SAD, OFFENDED mental state. That quick of a realization/change is a shock.(Think about how to change a goldfish from the bag of warm water that you bought it in, you need to GRADUALLY transition to the fishbowl with water of a different temperature. Just like changing truths/realization/ mental state. It is a shock to hear that. almost a suprise you might say. but if you say, "you aren't looking your greatest, today.", it isn't such a devastating blow. Such a quick realization as saying outright "you are ugly." They think about what you have said, and maybe (over time and a bit of thinking) arrive to the same conclusion THEMSELVES that they are ugly, but the REALIZATION OF THE TRUTH IS FELT GRADUALLY NOT AN INSTANTANEOUS, DEVASTATING, SHOCKING, BLOW.
(I don't have time to revise and fix all my mistakes that i realize i made, because i have homework, so let it slide and don't think of me as unintelligent. Take the insightful examples and knowledge gained and use it as you will)
YES, I HAVE UNDERSTOOD THIS POEM.
MY NAME IS RYAN WELCH FROM WISCANSIN. I AM A POETRY MASTER.

| Posted on 2009-02-17 | by a guest


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I think that this poem is saying...
That sometimes people need an explanation (children and the lightnight).
The truth must come out slowly (The truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind).
The truth can be surprising (the truth's superb surprise)

| Posted on 2009-01-19 | by a guest


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"think this poem is a response to the critics about her style of writing - too tragic, revealing truths that no one wants to reveal, macabre... may be unbearable for some people of her time"
RESPONSE: wellll son her poems were revealed only after she died, she never revealed her poems and most of her poems were burned by her, she is typical women, we all know that by her writtings just like WALT WHITMAN (i love him)----i hear america singing loolll

| Posted on 2008-12-04 | by a guest


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I think to tell all the truth but tell it slant exemplifies the incredible ambiguity found in all great works of literature from Shakespeare to Melville to McCarthy, etc.

| Posted on 2008-10-23 | by a guest


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I think this poem is a response to the critics about her style of writing - too tragic, revealing truths that no one wants to reveal, macabre... may be unbearable for some people of her time.

| Posted on 2008-10-21 | by a guest


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I agree that everyone has said the same basic ideas for this poem, but i believe the saying "some things are better left unsaid" describes her poem shortly and precisely.

| Posted on 2008-10-05 | by a guest


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I LOVE THIS POEM,
"The truth must dazzle gradually, Or every man be blind". This could mean that the truth should be manipulated and glorified in order for a person to deem it a truth. For example, people are blind to the truth if it is not expressed creatively. Ironically, this is exactly what she has done, opened up the readers minds to the truth through her flair and creativity.

| Posted on 2008-09-09 | by a guest


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I agree with most of the posts which mention that the truth should be told gradually and entertainingly in order for it to succeed. However, people seem to subjectively debate whether it's a positive or negative message instead of anaylzing the poem in a more critical manner. The most important line is "Success in Circuit lies" and represents the dichotomy of the poem. The word, "lies" can be interpreted as either "exists" or as "telling a lie". Therefore, the meaning of the line can either be success in circuit "truths" or success in circuit "lies". The poem is trying to point out that truth and lies both can become truth if it is cycled among the masses correctly.

| Posted on 2008-07-25 | by a guest


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Guys I agree that this is a great poem but come on, she's not really telling you to lie. She's saying that the truth can be a powerful thing that can be damaging and cause fear when dumped on someone all at once. (Like how a child is afraid of lightning before they have it explained to them and know what it is.) She's saying that the truth should "dazzle gradually," aka if you're telling someone a big truth, take it slow, don't just spit it out.

| Posted on 2008-02-25 | by a guest


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Guys I agree that this is a great poem but come on, she's not really telling you to lie. She's saying that the truth can be a powerful thing that can be damaging and cause fear when dumped on someone all at once. (Like how a child is afraid of lightning before they have it explained to them and know what it is.) She's saying that the truth should "dazzle gradually," aka if you're telling someone a big truth, take it slow, don't just spit it out.

| Posted on 2008-02-25 | by a guest


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I this this poem is AWESOME! I was assigned this poem for a project in English and my partner and I figured out what it means. We both relaized that the truth can be hurtful in many cases, and should be tolad only to a certain extent. Sometimes people handle the truth differently, therefore it should be told differently. For example, if my mom asked me if the dress she bought looked ugly, then I would tell her that its cute, but I don't like it for me. It's much nicer than telling her straight forward that its ugly on me or her. This is basically what her poem expresses.

| Posted on 2007-10-16 | by a guest


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This is probably one of my favorite poems. I have it memorized after seeing it as the prologue of a book and being stricken with it at once. I love it's poetic explanation of saying how bold the truth is. For example, I once told a friend that some other of her friends were talking about her, and she said she wished I hadn't told her. The truth was too much for her. This is proven in this poem and Emily Dickinson explained it beautifully.

| Posted on 2006-01-24 | by Vintage Emotion


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I think that this poem expresses emily's personal views on life and writing. She is talking expressly to the poet as well as the general reader. THe truth must be told gradually because a mere man can't handle the whole truth at once. As a child we're taught about how babies are created. As we get older we learn different things until we are ready to learn the truth. This is exemplified in her poem. ALso she's telling the poet how to express the poet's beliefs for the reader to understand.

| Posted on 2005-05-09 | by Approved Guest




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