Success Is Counted Sweetest poem

Success is Counted Sweetest poem
Success is Counted Sweetest poem

Success is Counted Sweetest is a lyric poem by Emily Dickinson written in 1859 and published anonymously in 1864. The poem uses the images of a victorious army and one dying warrior to suggest that only he who has suffered defeat can understand success. Success Is Counted Sweetest poem was written in 1859 and first published anonymously in the Brooklyn Daily Union on April 27, 1864. It was republished in the anthology A Masque of Poets (1878) as part of a series of books published without writer’s name. Success is Counted Sweetest poem is very inspirational. Therefore sharing with you.
Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. Born in Massachusetts, to a successful family with strong community ties, she lived a mostly introverted and reclusive life. While Dickinson was a prolific private poet, fewer than a dozen of her nearly 1,800 poems were published during her lifetime.

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag today
Can tell the definition
So clear of Victory

As he defeated – dying –
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

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  1. Counted Success Is Sweetest
    For those who keep a tally
    Others don’t mind
    If nothing they find
    At the top of Maslov’s best


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