Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale

About Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale, born Sara Trevor Teasdale, was an American poet born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 8, 1884.

Her first poem was published by a local newspaper in 1907. That same year her first volume of poetry was published. Five more collections followed in the years between 1911 and 1930. A final collection of poetry was published after her death.

In 1914 she married Ernst Filsinger, who was a longtime admirer of her poetry, but their marriage only lasted until 1929. Filsinger traveled a lot for work, which left Teasdale lonely.

Teasdale won the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize (this later became the Pulitzer Prize for poetry) and the Poetry Society of America Prize for her collection Love Songs.

Pneumonia left Teasdale in poor health, and on January 29, 1933 she committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills.

Some Interesting Facts About Sara Teasdale

  1. She was homeschooled until the age of 9.
  2. She suffered from poor health at the beginning and end of her life.
  3. She was courted by 2 men in 1913: Ernst Filsinger and Vachel Lindsay. Lindsay feared he would not be able to provide enough money to keep Teasdale satisfied, but he truly loved her.
  4. Some believe the poem "I Shall Not Care" was a suicide note, however it was not as it was published eighteen years before her death.
  5. Unlike many poets who became famous after their deaths, Teasdale was popular during her lifetime.
  6. Some of her poems are considered confessional poetry because they are autobiographical in nature.

    Poems by Sara Teasdale

  • February Twilight

    in Famous Nature Poems

    I stood beside a hill
    Smooth with new-laid snow,
    A single star looked out
    From the cold evening glow.

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  • A Winter Blue Jay

    in Famous Nature Poems

    Crisply the bright snow whispered,
    Crunching beneath our feet;
    Behind us as we walked along the parkway,
    Our shadows danced,

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  • Winter Stars

    in Famous Sad Poems

    I went out at night alone;
    The young blood flowing beyond the sea
    Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings—
    I bore my sorrow heavily.

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  • Advice To A Girl

    in Famous Love Poems

    No one worth possessing
    Can be quite possessed;
    Lay that on your heart,
    My young angry dear;

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  • Christmas Carol

    in Famous Holiday Poems

    The kings they came from out the south,
    All dressed in ermine fine;
    They bore Him gold and chrysoprase,
    And gifts of precious wine.

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