In this poem, Emily Dickinson explains how telling the truth is like explaining lightning to children.
“Tell all the truth but tell it slant”
by Emily Dickinson
The Truth’s superb surprise
“The truth.” Dumbledore sighed. “It is a beautiful and terrible thing, and should therefore be treated with great caution.” –J.K. Rowling
Men often fail at telling the truth, much more than women. It is not for a lack of honesty. Husbands and boyfriends are just too direct. When a woman asks her partner if her butt is big, her reaction is less dependent on the truth and more dependent on how that truth is said. Many times, she doesn’t even know the right answer. If you say directly that it is big, she thinks too big. If you say it is small, she thinks too small. To tell the truth correctly here, you should validate her beauty first. And that, is the slant that Emily Dickinson is talking about.