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Comment 11 of 351, added on November 13th, 2005 at 3:50 PM.

i agree w/ brad n the guy from iceland's comments regarding the poem...
people often take things for granted... a victory to a winner means
nothing, only the defeated can explain the success/happiness associated w/
a vitory... For example, a person accustomed to getting A's will not be as
grateful in receiving another "A" or even an "A-" as say someone who has
never received an "A."

naureen from United States
Comment 10 of 351, added on October 31st, 2005 at 7:30 PM.

Emily could have had success as a poet in her lifetime if she
chose...however...she chose "immortality"....she knew she was gifted and
preserved her physical identity which, in time to come, made her even more
mysterious and sought after...she was willing to lose the battle in order
to win the war...and she went for the whole enchilada...

Oliver Hageman from United States
Comment 9 of 351, added on October 6th, 2005 at 8:12 AM.

Well, when i first started reading this poem, i don't understand the really
meaning of it. But after i read it over and over again i sort of have ideas
what the meaning of this poem. Dickson present the idea of success that is
everyone have to face. It's not easy as we peel ripe banana. In fact, in
our life " Sucessful" is really meaningful and very chalenge to everyone.
Of course, this one word mean softer and sweeter but it's deepful meaning
doesn't presence as itself presence here.

anry from United States
Comment 8 of 351, added on May 4th, 2005 at 11:22 AM.

I think this poem is speaking of war time, and how the acheivement of
success often affects the "losers" more than the actual victors. To win is
a great thing, but to lose and keep trying is even greater.

Kelsey from United States
Comment 7 of 351, added on April 28th, 2005 at 1:02 PM.

I think this poem is a call to us all for "appreciation" of our successes,
our lives, and that which God gives us. The most successful don't always
"appreciate" it as much as those of us who toil every day to make ends
meet, yet find solice in small things; a child's smile, a small raise, a
freebie, a gift, etc.. 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 accolades, but
most times they are just too used to it to actually appreciate it. Just ask
the man dying on the battlefield how much he appreciates life, much more
than the man celebrating with a cigar and waving his flag, I assure you.
All things that make life worth living are gifts, appreciate the small
things, even when they are few and far between. Appreciate them all as if
you'll never see them again, and appreciate those around you that don't
seem to find those small victories in life more than you admire the
celebrities, the rich and famous, and the victors.

Brad from United States
Comment 6 of 351, added on April 27th, 2005 at 5:28 PM.

In this poem I beleive Emily is describing success. It shows you that those
of us who acheive success aren't that focused on it. Because once you
defeat one stage there is always a step above it that your going to try to
beat next. However those of us who didn't reach success, cherish it more
because you don't have yet and your anticpating on that victorious moment.
So you keep striving for success.

Shadae from United States
Comment 5 of 351, added on February 15th, 2005 at 12:46 PM.

Dickinson sees achievement and success as being sweet and compares it to
one of the sweetest fruits of nature. She is respecting success by relating
it with something from nature, which is successful and perfect in her mind

Amber from United States
Comment 4 of 351, added on January 21st, 2005 at 11:16 AM.

This poem describes something that you cant really explain only to feel and
experince. Victory is the feeling that she is describing here. To
understand this thought you need go out and find a challenge to experince
what she wants.

Jacob from United States
Comment 3 of 351, added on January 9th, 2005 at 3:58 PM.

I think this poem is about desire that humans feel for what they do not
have. The defeated understands the meaning of victory more than the victor
because the victor does no longer needs to struggle for success and
therefore does not understand its worth. Naturally, a person who won a
battle does not comprehend the glory of the achievement as much as the
soldier that is dying- loosing not only the battle, but his life. The pride
that the winner feels in not as intense as the dying soldier who hears the
triumphant shout bursting "agonized and clear." This is described as

Anonymous from Iceland
Comment 2 of 351, added on December 10th, 2004 at 3:17 PM.

Using a poetic shock by depending on these paradoxical
relationship"success,failur or nectar,sorest"makes the meaning clearer and
nobodycan tell you what is freedom and civilaization better than us.


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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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