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Biography of Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale (1884 - 1933)

Sara Teasdale (August 8, 1884 - January 29, 1933), was an American lyrical poet. She was born Sarah Trevor Teasdale in St. Louis, Missouri.

Sara's major themes were love, nature's beauty, and death, and her poems were much loved during the early 20th century. In 1918 she won the Columbia University Poetry Society prize (the forerunner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry) and the annual prize of the Poetry Society of America for her volume, Love Songs. Her style and lyricism are well illustrated in her poem, Spring Night (1915), from that collection.

Throughout her life, Sara suffered poor health and it was not until she was nine that she was judged healthy enough to begin school - a private school for children just one block away from her home. In 1898 she attended Mary Institute, and the following year she enrolled in Hosmer Hall, from which she graduated in 1903. Her influences included the actress Duse, whom she never saw perform, the British poet Christina Rossetti, and numerous trips to Europe, beginning in 1905.

In 1913, Sara was courted by two admirers. The poet Vachel Lindsay fell in love with her and at one point was sending her long, fantastic love letters on a daily basis. He asked her to marry him, but though she had deep feelings for Vachel, she instead married Ernst Filsinger, a businessman, in 1914. The following year they moved to New York City, which became her home for the rest of her life. Sara and Vachel remained fond but platonic friends throughout their lives, and Lindsay said that she was his life's "most inspiring, most satisfying friend." She was the inspiration for what Lindsay believed to be his greatest poem, The Chinese Nightingale.

Sara was very much a product of her Victorian upbringing, and she was never able to experience in life the passion that she expressed in her poetry. She was not happy in her marriage, and she divorced Ernst in 1929, against his wishes. Sara's health further declined. On the morning of January 29, 1933, in her New York City apartment, Sara took an overdose of sleeping pills, lay down in a warm bath, fell asleep, and never woke up again. Her last, and some say her finest, collection of verse, Strange Victory, was published posthumously that same year.

She is interred in the Bellefontaine Cemetery in St. Louis.


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49 Poems written by Sara Teasdale

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Page ViewsPoemComments
15634 Barter Comments and analysis of Barter by Sara Teasdale 58 Comments
15233 I Am Not Yours Comments and analysis of I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale 85 Comments
14380 Let It Be Forgotten Comments and analysis of Let It Be Forgotten by Sara Teasdale 52 Comments
14380 Let It Be Forgotten
11181 Spring Rain Comments and analysis of Spring Rain by Sara Teasdale 64 Comments
10909 After Love Comments and analysis of After Love by Sara Teasdale 57 Comments
10743 A Cry Comments and analysis of A Cry by Sara Teasdale 29 Comments
9977 Enough Comments and analysis of Enough by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
8906 I Thought Of You Comments and analysis of I Thought Of You by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
8651 Did You Never Know? Comments and analysis of Did You Never Know? by Sara Teasdale 46 Comments
8563 The Mystery Comments and analysis of The Mystery by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
8132 Buried Love Comments and analysis of Buried Love by Sara Teasdale 70 Comments
8113 If Death Is Kind Comments and analysis of If Death Is Kind by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
8079 Water Lilies Comments and analysis of Water Lilies by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
7930 Because Comments and analysis of Because by Sara Teasdale 20 Comments
7850 Houses Of Dreams Comments and analysis of Houses Of Dreams by Sara Teasdale 55 Comments
7769 The Fountain Comments and analysis of The Fountain by Sara Teasdale 4 Comments
7596 Doubt Comments and analysis of Doubt by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
6824 Jewels Comments and analysis of Jewels by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
6354 Love And Death Comments and analysis of Love And Death by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
6247 A November Night Comments and analysis of A November Night by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
6219 I Remembered Comments and analysis of I Remembered by Sara Teasdale 7 Comments
6168 My Heart Is Heavy Comments and analysis of My Heart Is Heavy by Sara Teasdale 41 Comments
5916 It Will Not Change Comments and analysis of It Will Not Change by Sara Teasdale 5 Comments
5894 Tonight Comments and analysis of Tonight by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
5857 Sleepless Comments and analysis of Sleepless by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
5753 Longing
5674 After Parting Comments and analysis of After Parting by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
5370 Come Comments and analysis of Come by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
5346 At Midnight Comments and analysis of At Midnight by Sara Teasdale 4 Comments
5221 Dust Comments and analysis of Dust by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
5153 But Not To Me Comments and analysis of But Not To Me by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
4506 Fault Comments and analysis of Fault by Sara Teasdale 22 Comments
4471 In The End Comments and analysis of In The End by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
4449 It Is Not A Word Comments and analysis of It Is Not A Word by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
4114 I Have Loved Hours At Sea
3970 Tides Comments and analysis of Tides by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
3936 To E. Comments and analysis of To E. by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
3821 The Ghost Comments and analysis of The Ghost by Sara Teasdale 5 Comments
3611 Debt Comments and analysis of Debt by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
3062 Blue Squills Comments and analysis of Blue Squills by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
2958 On A March Day
2856 Like Barley Bending Comments and analysis of Like Barley Bending by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
375 The Years Comments and analysis of The Years by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
273 Alone Comments and analysis of Alone by Sara Teasdale 76 Comments
270 Gray Eyes Comments and analysis of Gray Eyes by Sara Teasdale 6 Comments
227 What Do I Care? Comments and analysis of What Do I Care? by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
211 Understanding Comments and analysis of Understanding by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
170 Guenevere
162 Oh You Are Coming


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