Dose of Dickinson

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
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Or every man be blind —
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-Emily Dickinson
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I’ve been thinking about this poem a lot lately, especially in terms of storytelling. Most of the time, I think, truth is best served straight, but I also think that Emily is right. Sometimes “the Truth must dazzle gradually or every man be blind.” It raises interesting questions.
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11 responses to “Dose of Dickinson

  • Brenton Dickieson

    This is my favourite! think I blogged it once. Any excuse to push that poem.
    Have you read Eugene Peterson’s “Tell it Slant”? It’s a book that came out of a Regent College class he taught for a while.

  • Colleen

    I love your blog. I love you. Got all of the photos up. I’ll send you the best surprise.

  • Rob

    I haven’t read much of Dickinson, though I do have a collection of her poems. I find it interesting that she struggled with faith through her life. You selected a wonderful example. Guess I better go read some of her others!

    Now you’re adding to my list!

    • jubilare

      If I remember rightly, she struggled with depression, too. Often, it seems, our struggles are were we gain wisdom. I wish it were always so. She left us some wonderful, evocative and often wise poetry.

  • Kelly

    t’s tough, isn’t it? I don’t know if I’ll ever love the Hobbit movies. Every special, sweet moment in the first film seems to be followed by a terrible, cringe worthy moment. But at the same time, we have to let go and enjoy what we can from them. I didn’t realize it until the move was over, but my body was tensed up the whole time I was watching the first one in the theater. Going to try to be more relaxed the second time around :)

    • jubilare

      It is tough, especially when there is so much potential. I don’t think I will ever love them, but I agree, we have to enjoy what we can from them. At worst, they should still be great eye-candy, and I love watching Sir Ian, Martin Freeman, and Richard Armitage. I will work on reaching the “acceptance” stage of grief by the time the movie comes out. ;)

      By the way, this comment is on the wrong post. Not that it matters, it’s just funny to me because it’s something I’ve done before, too (quite recently, in fact).

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