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Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

Tell it Slant

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant —
Success in Circuit lies;
Too bright for mind's infirm intent,
The Truth's superb surprise.

As Lightning to the Children eased,
With explanation kind;
The Truth must dazzle gradually,
Or every man be blind.

Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) was an eccentric recluse who wrote some 1800 poems. She remained largely unknown during her life, and only about 10 of her poems were published in her lifetime. Today she is acknowledged as one of the most important poets in American history.

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