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December 10, 2009

10 December 1830: American poet Emily Dickinson was born in Amherst, Massachusetts.  She lived a famously reclusive live but read voraciously–both her contemporaries and the classics.  While she did have some poems published during her life–though some poems were edited to conform to traditional rhyme scheme– much of her work was published posthumously, despite her apparent wishes.

To celebrate the date of her birth, here’s one of my favorite Dickinson poems:

Tell all the Truth but tell it slant—

Success in Cirrcuit lies

Too bright for our infirm Delight

The Truth’s superb surprise

As Lightening to the Children eased

With explanation kind

The Truth must dazzle gradually

Or every man be blind—

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