Tell All The Truth But Tell It Slant

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Are humans to fragile to handle the direct truth? In Emily Dickinson’s poem “ Tell all the truth but tell it slant” she say’s to tell all the truth; however, to tell it at an angle. Hence, the only successful way to tell a lie is to do it in a fashion of circuitously, because the power of the truth is to powerful for people’s perceptions. Thus, truth would be too hard to understand or would cause one to become overwhelmed. Indeed, just as children are told not to fear lighting to lessen their fear. People should be gradually presented truth before they can fully accept it. Dickinson is deeply absorbed in truth through out her poems. Michael Allen Holmes a critic of “ Tell all the truth but tell it slant” talks about how the truths are best …show more content…
It’s as if Dickinson isn’t directing the message to a specific audience. In fact, it’s as if she is writing to a void, or to posterity, and who ever seems to stumble upon her words then so be it. Her poems often leave circumstances uncertain just as in this poem. Sara Constantakis speaks how “The first four words are an absolute directive, suggesting that not just some truth but all truth--or perhaps all aspects of a certain truth--should be told” (Constantakis). However, the second line of the poem is saying that by simply telling the truth is inadequate. The truth should be told in a slant manner, or an angle because the straightforward truth is very problematic. Furthermore, an indirect approach to truth through deception is successful. The third line characterized as producing an excess of light. The wording in which Sara suggests that the poet and others among the implied “we” simply have “too weak a capacity for joyful appreciation to take in the brightness in question; this could signal a divide between humanity and the divine” (Constantakis). Thus, suggesting that not just any truth is being told, but a truth that is startling or unexpected when it is revealed. Furthermore, in line five lightning is introduced, which then corresponds with the idea of brightness and surprise. The two lines state that lightning, being so bright and startling, is in fact easier for children to cope with if they are given an explanation as to how it works. This explanation could be “scientific or perhaps mythological; but the suggestion that the explanation is inherently sympathetic or benevolent would seem to rule out one attributing the lightning to an angry or vengeful god” (Constantakis). The metaphor of lines five and six ties to the notion that appears in lines seven and eight to conclude the poem. Just as lightning is

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