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Comment 5 of 345, 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 345, 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 345, 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 345, 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.

Comment 1 of 345, added on October 26th, 2004 at 6:01 PM.

Since nobody has taken the time to write a comment on this poem, I thought
it would be my duty too. This poem is very deep and has alot of meaning
for me. Those who have never won, can appreciate victory most, which is
something i think we all can find in within ourselves. Emily had lost so
many close family and friends and tells how those dying and dead truly know
what it is to taste the "nectar" of success. To relate this to modern
times, one could say this is the cry of the Boston Redsox, a team drowned
in defeat, perhaps maybe they understand what it is truly to win.

Zach 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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