Success is counted sweetest analysis actually weighs victory against sufferings, triumph against loss, and thereby identifies the notion of success! To understand success in its true meaning, you must embrace failure, and then rise beyond it!
Emily dedicates this poem to those people who never succeed! It is they who are closely attached to success, and perhaps no one can understand the implication of success better than them!
A deeper study of the poem will actually let you understand why the poet has used the phrases like, purple host, flag today, defeated- dying! In a battle everyone gives his hundred per cent otherwise they perish! The fact that, every after doing the very best, people fail, makes us feel sorry! A materialistic failure brings you to the highest state of spiritual realization.