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Comment 32 of 362, added on October 26th, 2010 at 7:33 AM.
American Literature

Emily Dickinson means in this poem that the losers know the meaning of
victory better than the actual winners.Success cannot be realized without
the first knowing of hopelessness that comes with losing.You want what you
cannot have more than you want what you already do.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.Success is meaningful to those
who do not get often.they are able to appreciate it more than someone who
is constantly succeeding in life.

Mervat from Egypt
Comment 31 of 362, added on September 14th, 2010 at 11:47 PM.

my own interpretation of this poem is that you will value your greatest
success if you yourself have been defeated many times..and still you strive
hard to succeed..

jona from Philippines
Comment 30 of 362, added on June 15th, 2010 at 3:35 PM.

Only the unsuccessful can know and taste the meaning of success.

frumpo from United States
Comment 29 of 362, added on April 7th, 2010 at 6:35 PM.

Greg, how can you say that you don't like Dickinson because she is messed
up? All of histories greatest poets were a little messed up in the head. If
you don't believe me how would you explain Poe? Whitman? Or T.S. Eliot?

Jesse from United States
Comment 28 of 362, added on December 30th, 2009 at 1:59 PM.

this poem is in my opinion a masterpiece, Dickinson displays the human-ness
of unappreciation, but even more so than that, it is saying how everything
is a compensation of each other..like triumph and defeat, dark and
light--without one, we would not recognize the other as what it is.

billie from United States
Comment 27 of 362, 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 362, 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 362, 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 362, 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 362, 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

Greg from New Zealand

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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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