April Poetry: “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 Lightning to the Children eased
With explanation kind
The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind—

This is one that I did not really notice growing up. But reading now I’m very struck by it, in a way that’s difficult for me to put into words, as with most good poetry. I think it’s that first line–who is better than Dickinson at first lines?–that seems to encapsulate the endeavor of creative writing, both poetry and prose.

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One response to “April Poetry: “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant”

  1. liviania

    She really is the first line expert.

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