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Poetry Friday: Success is Counted Sweetest by Emily Dickinson

July 18th, 2008 (07:44 am)
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Current Song: So Beautiful by David Poe

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

- by Emily Dickinson

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Posted by: saralholmes (saralholmes)
Posted at: July 18th, 2008 04:29 pm (UTC)

Yes, Emily does say it well...and isn't it ironic that she is wildly "successful" now?

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 18th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)

So sad.

Posted by: A Deserving Porcupine (rockinlibrarian)
Posted at: July 19th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)

Wow, this poem so coincidentally sums up exactly what I was thinking about before I got on here, it's scary.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 19th, 2008 08:50 pm (UTC)

Synchronicity.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: July 19th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Sad?

You think this poem is sad? I always thought... well, it's kind of hopeful. At least to those of us who have not been wildly successful, yet. My interpretation is more that if we succeed too early, and too easily, then you never really succeed at all. Success, in the real sense of being 'sweet... nectar' is something that comes only at the end of a long, powerful failure.

Jason Gignac
jasonpgignac@gmail.com
mooredatsea.blogspot.com (mooredatsea.blogspot.com)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 19th, 2008 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Sad?

No, I do not think this poem is sad. I interpreted it as something to be valued by those who truly want it and work for it: those hopeful, grateful, and knowing.

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