Tell all the truth but tell it slant

Tell all the truth but tell it slant
by Emily 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
Or every man be blind —

This poem is thought provoking, making me think what truth means to me, and if it’s a good idea to tell all the truth. The title advises to do so in a a moderate way. The narrator comes across as someone with morals who’s also compassionate as she advises, do tell all the truth but:

Tell it slant

Telling something slant means you make a choice to interpret something. By your own judgment, you leave things out, make them bleak or highlight other parts of the truth. This way,  telling the truth is rather more subjective than objective as it’s told from one’s perspective. This raises the question, does one truth exist at all?

The Truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind 

These lines suggest that telling the full truth at once is a bad idea. If the truth hasn’t been told gradually and with kindness, the receiver won’t be able to digest it.
This begs the questions what is the nature of the truth and who is the receiver that the truth should be told slant. Is the truth that harsh, or is the receiver too weak to hear the truth, no matter what kind of truth.

Too bright for our infirm Delight

Interesting and contrasting word couple. When can something that depicts pleasure, satisfaction, and happiness become infirm? It suggest that our delights can’t be pure once the truth has been told.

This poem makes me think when and how did I tell the truth, and how did people receive it. Even though I was telling the truth, the message didn’t come across. Maybe, because I didn’t hold on the contention that this poem makes

Success in Circuit lies

Bluntly telling the truth is harsh, people won’t hear it. If you tell it slant, you may succeed in bringing your message across.

What do you think?