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Comment 25 of 355, added on May 6th, 2009 at 9:23 AM.

yesterday me and jenny were lik @ the mall and their was a super cute
shirt. but lik my boobs were. when i got outta the store. i felt like
success. so this poem was totallt correct in its saying of pears. so when
the next time ur like they're be like on the look out. k?

shell/jordan from Tonga
Comment 24 of 355, added on January 13th, 2009 at 5:37 PM.

To: Greg (New Zealand)
You're criticizing her when you can't even spell "sense" right?

Lena from United States
Comment 23 of 355, added on December 2nd, 2008 at 8:46 AM.

I really don't like this poem. It doesn't make since to me. Its really just
that I don't like Emily Dickinson in general because she was a messed up
woman.

Greg from New Zealand
Comment 22 of 355, added on February 21st, 2008 at 6:53 PM.

ha i did this peom for a project at school! I got assigned emily dickinson
as a famous poet and this is the poem I chose!

Savvy from Canada
Comment 21 of 355, added on January 9th, 2008 at 8:04 AM.

i think this poem is about how the losers know the meaning of victory
better than the actual winner. success cannot be realized without the first
knowing that desperation that comes with losing.

beatriz from United States
Comment 20 of 355, added on April 18th, 2007 at 5:29 PM.

The thing that most people don't realize about this poem is that she wrote
it at the time of the civil war. I'm not claiming to be an expert on Emily,
but if you take this into consideration the poem can be interpreted a
little bit easier and with more clarity.

To me she's saying that those who won a battle, the purple host of brave
men, can't count their victory as sweet as those who were defeated. because
the man is dying, the victory seems sweeter to him, he values it more
because he did not win it. You want what you can't have more than you want
what you already do.

I hope people can understand what I'm trying to say, sometimes I confuse
myself!

Jordie from United States
Comment 19 of 355, added on February 16th, 2007 at 11:41 PM.

Uhmm...You are wrong.Ok, Duh she's trying to say success is counted
sweetest to people who don't succeed. But you have to be stupid to think
winners dont feel success. You probably desended from the convicts of Great
Britian.

Hannah and Kirsten from United States
Comment 18 of 355, added on April 13th, 2006 at 5:18 AM.

In the poem “Success is counted sweetest” I think that this poem is about
"appreciation" of successes. The most successful don't always "appreciate"
it as much as those who work every day to make ends meet, yet find comfort
in small things. The most successful might seem to appreciate it because of
the fine things they have, or the victor might seem to appreciate it
because he's still living and receives the praise, but most times they are
just too used to it to actually appreciate it. A person on their deathbed
appreciates life much more than a person celebrating. All things that make
life worth living is a gift, and everyone should appreciate the small
things, even if they are few and far between.

Ryan from United States
Comment 17 of 355, added on April 4th, 2006 at 1:20 AM.

Alright, this poem isn't exactly hard to grasp. Taylor pretty much covered
it all. I must say that the Purple Heart idea, though a neat idea, is wrong
on account of the time gap between the writing of Emily Dickenson and the
appearance of the Purple Heart as a decoration of honor. Dickenson wrote
Poem 67 ("Success is counted sweetest...") around 1859. The Purple Heart
didn't come into service until 1917. It is also interesting to note that
the poem was written before the Civil War, which began in 1861. As for the
purple host then, purple has always been a sign of royalty and success, so
the purple host could then mean the succussful portion of the populace.

Aaron from United States
Comment 16 of 355, added on April 3rd, 2006 at 3:00 PM.

I have taken the time to break down the three stanzas of Emily Dickinson's
poem and have come to multiple conclusions about them all. But all of them
have the same basic message, in any way you interpret it.

The first stanza gives you a mix of messages, and doesnt bluntly come out
and say anything of what you should be processing about the message and the
poem itself, but once you understand the poem and if you look closely you
realize that she is telling you exaclty what she wants you to get out of
this poem. She shares her interpretation of success in the first few lines,
and then elaborates on it more throughout the next few stanzas.
It is telling you that success is meaningful to those who do not get it
often. They are able to appreciate it more, than someone who is constantly
succeeding in life.

Stanza two elaborates more on where she understands this from.
The appretiation of success is not being brought out through the winner;
they do not care as much because they are used to succeeding and believe
they will have more success to come. They do not realize how much they
have because its never been takin away from them.

The last stanza doesnt necessarily sum it all up which confuses you and
leaves you pondering the whole message, but it does end her thought process
so that you can somewhat see what she is meaning through this.]
The one who has lost (or did not succeed) can hear the winner gloat and is
getting frustrated and hurt inside. The winner is holding the triumph on
the outside but being "sympathetic" while all along the loser can tell and
see that they do not understand the true value and happiness that they have
just earned.

I believe this poem relates to a game, in a sense that they have a flag,
and when they retrieve the falg from the obstacles surrounding them, they
have succeeding with triumph. (This game could relate you back to something
such as capture the flag). Where as, you retrieve the flag from the people
surrounding you and trying to grab a hold of you while you stand strong
just to tear you and your hopes down ... just as people do when they are
looking for succession wether it is earned or only gained by nothing.

I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone else's opinions about this poem,
the relationship of this poem to the war, and purple hearts, like a purple
host, is extraordinary. It really made you think and put yourself in a
different position of the poem and determine new, and better
interpretations and meanings of the poem, and life itself from Emily
Dickinsons point of view.

Taylor from United States

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Poet: Emily Dickinson
Poem: 67. Success is counted sweetest
Volume: Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Year: 1955
Added: Jan 9 2004
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