Emily Dickinson's Collected Poems

'Tell all the Truth but tell it slant’

what is the writers central theme, and what are the one or two ways to she /he developed that theme

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Dickinson's central theme is "truth", and that we should always tell the truth..... but to tell it indirectly rather than overwhelm the listener. In essence..... Dickinson believes that although we should always strive to tell the truth, we might not be ready to hear it.... to face the reality.

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


'Tell all the Truth but tell it slant’