SUCCESS is counted sweetest BY: Jared Szabo

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

Break, agonized and clear

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Title

Success is sweet

Paraphrase

Those who fail time and time again find success sweeter. To fully understand what success feels like you first have to hit rock bottom. Those who are no stranger to victory come not to appreciate due to its frequency. Those who continuously lose only recognize victory when they suffer the ultimate loss.

Connotation

the speaker is reporting and interpreting what she sees but refrains from expressing sympathy or compassion. Only failures fully understand the meaning of success.

Attitude/Tone

Ambitious and sad.

Shifts

Poem shifts ironically. The second stanza is contradicting the second stanza.

Title

Those who do not know success value it the most.

Theme

Doing without something makes a person appreciate it worth more than actually have it does.

Metaphor

“Success is counted sweetest ,” it is comparing success to something being sweet

‘’By those who ne’er succeed,” it is referring to sweetness of victory

“To comprehend a “nector” it is referring to sweetness of victory

4. What is the topic of your poem? How do you know?

You appreciate something more when you don’t have. She states in the first line “Success is counted sweetest”

5. What is the theme of your poem? How do you know? Doing without something makes a person appreciate it worth more than actually have it does. She states in the first line “Success is counted sweetest”

6. How is Dickinson’s own life reflected in this piece of writing?

Dickinson regularly sees pain as having the positive side of adding to one’s experience, and this is another example of a paradox. “Not only can a successfully Published poet not understand the true joy of that publication, as the winning soldier cannot, but they also lose their ability to empathize with failure generally, as the victorious soldier strides off to loud

Thoughts:

This poem is true to real life. Many people do not value what they have as in this case success and take advantage and want more, but those who do not have something value it more.

Credits:

Created with images by moon781211 - "the trajectory of the star failure" • reinadelsueño - "In The Snow...."

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