Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SUCCESS, by EMILY DICKINSON

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First Line: Success is counted sweetest / by those who never succeed
Last Line: Break, agonized and clear.
Subject(s): Failure; Success

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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