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Analysis and comments on I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale

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Comment 14 of 100, added on March 3rd, 2011 at 9:02 PM.

Maybe her relationship with Vachel Lindsay(18791931)could be a little
helpful in understanding this poem. He who once was her friend and married
with another has haunted her more or less during her life time.

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Comment 13 of 100, added on April 11th, 2010 at 1:26 AM.
Song based on I Am Not Yours

Just FYI, As a composer and songwriter, I was so taken by my recent
discovery of Sara Teasdale's music in 2009, that I have devoted an entire
album to her work. Ten poems will be set to popular music (tastefully, of
course). I Am Not Yours is one of those tracks. You can get a sneak preview
of this and four other songs on my artist page:

I hope you enjoy the songs as much as I enjoyed creating them.


Michael Barrett Dixon from United States
Comment 12 of 100, added on March 31st, 2010 at 4:55 PM.
A thought

A thought, Sarah's long time male friend had always been in love with her.
She knew he was good for her, but could never love him, even though she
wanted to. Instead she was getting married to another man. For some reason
she was never attracted to her friend as more than a friend. And you must
remember as well, Sarah was emotionally and mentally imbalanced for most of
her life... eventually she killed herself. She wrote this poem for the man
who loved her, and she could never love in return.

from United States
Comment 11 of 100, added on November 2nd, 2009 at 5:54 AM.

How interesting this different interpretations- I find myself not agreeing
with any of them, but this only highlights the personal-esoteric nature of

My first thoughts on this poem were of a longing to to be so connected with
a person, to be plunged so 'deep in love' that she is connected, one,
'lost' in the other completely. I'm reminded to Bowlby's attachment theory
categories, in that the persona is deeply ambivilently attached- that is,
she longs to lose herself in the other, but simultaneously fears this
deindividualisation: "Yet I am I, who long to be/
Lost as a light is lost in light."

"As adults, those with an ambivalent attachment style often feel reluctant
about becoming close to others and worry that their partner does not
reciprocate their feelings. This leads to frequent breakups, often because
the relationship feels cold and distant. These individuals feel especially
distraught after the end of a relationship. Cassidy and Berlin described
another pathological pattern where ambivalently attached adults cling to
young children as a source of security (1994).

Perhaps it is unrequited love, perhaps it is a gentle love, perhaps a tame
love on the other's part, and the persona wants it to go deeper.

I also sense deep sexual undertones in the wanting to become one, lost, in
the other person, and similar to Donne's Canonization:
'We're tapers too, and at our own cost die'
fitting in nicely with the ambivalent attachment theme.

J from United States

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Poet: Sara Teasdale
Poem: I Am Not Yours
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