Reconciliation &

Success is Counted Sweetest

Reconciliation & Success is Counted Sweetest

1.) WORD over all, beautiful as the sky!

Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage, must in time be utterly lost;

That the hands of the sisters Death & Night, incessantly softly wash again, and ever

again, this soil'd world:

...For my enemy is dead--- a man divine as myself is dead;


I look where he lies, white-faced and still, in the coffin--I draw near;


I bend down, and touch lightly with my lips the white face in the coffin.


2.) Success is counted sweetest

By those who ne're 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!

Meaning of the Poems & What Statement is the Author Making About Life?

1.) Reconciliation: I think the meaning of the poem is Ever since the war, he's trying to forget about it. Every death within the night brings a new day. He's basically re-conciliating. Forgetting about what happened and putting it in his past. Like in line 3 saying," That the hands of the sisters Death & Night, incessantly softly wash again, and ever

again, this soil'd world." With each death and night that passes, a new day comes the next day and the horrible memories are washing away.


2.) Success is Counted Sweetest: Meaning of the poem is success is only counted when you nearly or do succeed. Like in lines 9-12 saying," As he defeated, dying, on whose forbidden ear, the distant strains of triumph, burst agonized and clear."

Two Literary Elements

Symbolism & Tone

1.) Reconciliation: The literary element is Tone. The tone of the poem seems peaceful. The impact it has on the poem is he seems peaceful while writing this poem like he's forgotten about all the bad memories and they're all apart of his past. The enemy in the coffin is as divine as himself is dead.


2.) Success is Counted Sweetest: The literary element is symbolism. The poet uses symbolism in line 6 which says,"Who took the flag today." That is a symbol of a flag which in this as, I believe someone would be playing capture the flag and if they get that flag, they succeed.