Comment 1 of 1, added on May 6th, 2010 at 4:49 PM.
Sara Teasdale sees the white blossoms of the cherry tree and the blue
squills as symbols of eternity, since they existed for many centuries
before she knew them, and they will still be blooming long after she is
gone. She yearns for this same type of eternity, which is denied to her.
(The poem indicates that she does not believe in everlasting life for the
human soul.) She calls upon the blossoms, flaming in their shimmering
beauty, to burn and scar her, to sear their images into her memory so
deeply that somehow they will still be with her throughout her “endless
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