Emily Dickinson employs the color purple in a myriad of her poems perhaps because it is a color that offers a sense of spirituality and intensity. This spirituality was long a part of Emily's life as she had attended Holyoke Female Seminary. In addition, purple connotes an intensity of emotion, an intensity that Miss Dickinson herself demonstrated in her poety. Purple, too, is the color of pure thought and connects "the infinite conscsiousness with spiriutal understanding." A color often well-liked by aritistic people, purple embodies the balance of red's stimulation and blue's calm.
Miss Dickinson's "Success Is Counted Sweetest" is clearly a poem with spiritual overtones. For one thing, this poem has a homilic quality as the prosodic patterns all come from meters in hymnals and with the wording is concise, yet it demonstrates her ability to express the intensity of emotion in her poetry.Her paradoxes are much like those in the New Testament (i.e. "The last shall be first.")
With a sense of mystic and royal qualities,too, purple is often well -liked by the creative and the eccentric types of whom Dickinson may well be a great example.