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by Emily Dickinson

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Explain how Dickinson contradicts popular ideas in the poems "Much Madnes Is Divinest Sense" and "Success Is Counted Sweetest."

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"Success is Counted Sweetest" deals with interpreting analogies.  She compares a thirsty person's appreciation of a drink to a loser's appreciation of victory.  It expresses how those who have failed at anything are "thirsty" for success.  Those who have never succeeded want it worse than those who are accustomed to succeeding and have lost the desire or the desperate taste of it.  The person left dying on the field can define more clearly what "victory" means than the person holding the flag which signifies his side won.  The want of it burns more clearly in the bosom of those who haven't enjoyed it than in the hearts of...

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