Success is Counted Sweetest
Reconciliation & Success is Counted Sweetest
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?
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
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.