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Dr Alistair Brown | Associate lecturer in English Literature; researching video games and literature

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Sweet Success

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

On the day our Prime Minister gives evidence to the Iraq Study Group, I hear on the radio Emily Dickinson's poem, "Success is Counted Sweetest."

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne'er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple Host
Who took the Flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of Victory,

As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Break, agonized and clear.

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