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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
16134 Barter Comments and analysis of Barter by Sara Teasdale 270 Comments
15704 I Am Not Yours Comments and analysis of I Am Not Yours by Sara Teasdale 91 Comments
14843 Let It Be Forgotten Comments and analysis of Let It Be Forgotten by Sara Teasdale 252 Comments
14843 Let It Be Forgotten
11668 Spring Rain Comments and analysis of Spring Rain by Sara Teasdale 263 Comments
11503 After Love Comments and analysis of After Love by Sara Teasdale 271 Comments
11110 A Cry Comments and analysis of A Cry by Sara Teasdale 38 Comments
10264 Enough Comments and analysis of Enough by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
9035 Did You Never Know? Comments and analysis of Did You Never Know? by Sara Teasdale 50 Comments
8865 The Mystery Comments and analysis of The Mystery by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
8623 If Death Is Kind Comments and analysis of If Death Is Kind by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
8605 Buried Love Comments and analysis of Buried Love by Sara Teasdale 76 Comments
8390 Water Lilies Comments and analysis of Water Lilies by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
8242 Because Comments and analysis of Because by Sara Teasdale 25 Comments
8224 Houses Of Dreams Comments and analysis of Houses Of Dreams by Sara Teasdale 61 Comments
8187 The Fountain Comments and analysis of The Fountain by Sara Teasdale 6 Comments
7923 Doubt Comments and analysis of Doubt by Sara Teasdale 8 Comments
7145 Jewels Comments and analysis of Jewels by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
6614 Love And Death Comments and analysis of Love And Death by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
6528 A November Night Comments and analysis of A November Night by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
6491 I Remembered Comments and analysis of I Remembered by Sara Teasdale 7 Comments
6452 My Heart Is Heavy Comments and analysis of My Heart Is Heavy by Sara Teasdale 48 Comments
6319 Tonight Comments and analysis of Tonight by Sara Teasdale 4 Comments
6204 It Will Not Change Comments and analysis of It Will Not Change by Sara Teasdale 5 Comments
6168 Sleepless Comments and analysis of Sleepless by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
6019 Longing
5925 After Parting Comments and analysis of After Parting by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
5606 Come Comments and analysis of Come by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
5576 At Midnight Comments and analysis of At Midnight by Sara Teasdale 4 Comments
5462 Dust Comments and analysis of Dust by Sara Teasdale 4 Comments
5407 But Not To Me Comments and analysis of But Not To Me by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
4817 Fault Comments and analysis of Fault by Sara Teasdale 26 Comments
4690 It Is Not A Word Comments and analysis of It Is Not A Word by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
4675 In The End Comments and analysis of In The End by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
4450 I Have Loved Hours At Sea
4224 To E. Comments and analysis of To E. by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
4149 Tides Comments and analysis of Tides by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
3874 Debt Comments and analysis of Debt by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments
3306 Blue Squills Comments and analysis of Blue Squills by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
3111 Like Barley Bending Comments and analysis of Like Barley Bending by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
3105 On A March Day
768 The Years Comments and analysis of The Years by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
623 Gray Eyes Comments and analysis of Gray Eyes by Sara Teasdale 8 Comments
619 Alone Comments and analysis of Alone by Sara Teasdale 85 Comments
499 What Do I Care? Comments and analysis of What Do I Care? by Sara Teasdale 3 Comments
471 Understanding Comments and analysis of Understanding by Sara Teasdale 1 Comment
408 Guenevere
336 Oh You Are Coming
104 The Ghost Comments and analysis of The Ghost by Sara Teasdale 5 Comments
79 I Thought Of You Comments and analysis of I Thought Of You by Sara Teasdale 2 Comments


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