“Sometimes I wish that I was the weather, you'd bring me up in conversation forever. And when it rained, I'd be the talk of the day.”-John Mayer.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Success is counted sweetest- Emily Dickinson. One of my favorite poems by her! :)

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 to-day
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!

This poem explains how success is appreciated by people who don't normally achieve it. People who do always, don't seem to understand the importance.In order to truly understand the importance of victory, one has to understand the pain of failure. The poem states, Not one of all the purple host /Who took the flag to-day /Can tell the definition,/So clear, of victory. This is referring to the victors, who won the battle and took the flag. However, none of them really appreciate their victory. It is the defeated, dying man who, as he listens to the winners celebrating, truly understands the glory of winning. Now that he knows he can never win, he craves victory even more. This is because he knows how important failure is as well..

This poem explains the importance of success in one's life but also tells us that it shouldn't be taken for granted.
Emily Dickinson has written many beautiful and inspiring poems but this one's definitely a message carrier.


  1. Alas! A beautiful poem it is....!!

  2. Yeah, she's amazing! Or rather was.

  3. nice poem....To me, success is all about contentment :)

  4. You should check out the website Pangloss.com. It has a lot of great quotes and things.

  5. so true! gud to know you read peotry.