A poem of three stanzas with a formidable introduction. This is poem 112, written by Emily Dickinson.
About the poem
There is so much to say about fame and success. Many people struggle with the idea on how to succeed in life. Success isn’t necessarily related to fame. The poems that Dickinson left as her legacy, are often about those struggles.
This poem is an exploration of Dickinson’s efforts to write poetry. Perhaps, this poem was her way to tell that she considered herself as someone who wrote poetry but wasn’t secure about what she wrote. This is relatable for any poet.
During her life, she did not publish any of her poems under her own name. It was her sister Lavinia that gave her sister the fame she was entitled to. This poem was published during the life of Dickinson. It was published anonymously in the Brooklyn Daily Union on April 27, 1864. Dickinson wrote the poem in 1859.
The poem was you can read below was published in 1999 by The Belknap Press in the book The Poems of Emily Dickinson: Reading Edition by R.W. Franklin. You can order this book from Amazon using this link.
Poem 112: “Success is counted sweetest”
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!
December: Emily Dickinson Month
On December 10th 1830 Emily Dickinson was born in the town of Amherst (Massachusetts, US). That is why we decided to commemorate this poetess. If you want to analyse one of her poems, contact us for more information.