Success Is Counted Sweetest Poem by Emily Dickinson

Success Is Counted Sweetest

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Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated--dying--
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Erik Andersen 08 February 2012

This is the opposite of sour grapes fable. The idea of victory is sweeter to those who loose than it is in reality to those who win.

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Alex Heine 19 October 2005

No comments? well, i believe this poem is one of her bests. it illustrates that the victor may not always have the sweetest of success. The defeated longs for it the most. Imagine: running 2 miles, without water, in 100 degree weather. Your main desire is, 'GIVE ME WATER! ' of perhaps to stop running. either way the desire you feel is unbarible, you want it so bad. that sort of desire is what she is describing, the desire that you just can't have but when you get it its most glorious. like the tortoise that defeated the egotistical hair, 'success is counted sweetness.'

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Erik Andersen 08 February 2012

I think it says that those who don't succeed imagine that it taste sweeter then it does for those who succeed and do taste it.

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Eric Fang 27 January 2014

In the poem “Success is counted on sweetness, Emily Dickinson strongly supports that in order to understand true success, you need to be someone who constantly fails and gets defeated.

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Hannah Shealy 10 December 2012

This poem is saying that if you want to know what it's like to win ask the one who lost.

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priya 09 December 2018

thnx it helped me in my proj

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Rishikesh Samant 22 April 2018

Thanks very much it helps me in debate.

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Mukesh yadav 07 April 2018

Nicely recited.....

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Sukhbir Singh 20 January 2018

Nicely Written.................

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* Sunprincess * 12 June 2016

......amazing first stanza, those who never succeed wish to taste the sweet nectar of success....they realize how sweet it can be moreso than the one who is successful ?

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