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Comment 27 of 357, added on December 3rd, 2009 at 10:56 AM.
"Success is Counted Sweetest"

This is my personal interpretation of the poem- I believe as the
fallen,defeated soldier lies there dying, he finally realizes just how
important the victory was. Not that the winners did not apreciate the
victory but they cannot possibly understand what it feels like to lose and
while the winners are celebrating have to hear the sounds of victory as he
lie there dying. The Ultimate success for this fallen soldier would be to
live, not to win the war. It becomes a position of life and death, not who
won the war.
Like I first said, this is my interpretation. And I do not put others down
on thiers and neither should anyone else. Everyone has different
interpretations which is one of the great things about poetry!

Brandy from United States
Comment 26 of 357, added on November 7th, 2009 at 4:23 AM.

This poem is a simple description of success and who values it the most.
Basically states that those who work for success, those who yearn for it at
all costs enjoy it that much more. Success isn't about being handed
something on a silver platter, it's about making your way to the top.

to Greg from New Zealand:
Ok. No doubt Emily Dickinson was a weird one, but I have to admit I'm a
huge fan. This is one of the first poems I read of her so it's near and
dear to me. I don't think that you should dislike her work because she was
odd. She was so much more than that. You have to appreciate the beauty she
left us. It's amazing to find someone who had so much love for life,
nature, time, and love itself yet never got the opportunity to experience
it for herself. It astounds me how she could have been so enlightened, so
in touch with emotions and still cut herself off from ever even feeling
them. She should be revered by her wisdom and not her personal life.

Sara from United States
Comment 25 of 357, 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 357, 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 357, 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 357, 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 357, 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 357, 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 357, 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 357, 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

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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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