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Comment 39 of 167, added on July 21st, 2011 at 1:31 PM.
Re: line 2

the word *lies* is used as a verb in this line, not as the noun *lies*
(meaning an untruth). Because this is poetry she takes the liberty of
re-ordering normal English syntax in order to rhyme with surprise. So this
line really says "Success lies in Circuit" where circuit is referring to
the roundabout way one should proceed to be successful in conveying truth
to others. Regarding the capitalization, main nouns were frequently
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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 1129. Tell all the Truth but tell it slant --
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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Poem of the Day: Dec 17 2002


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