Sara Teasdale


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Sara Teasdale (1884–1933) was a lyrical American poet. She was published as Sara Teasdale Filsinger after her marriage in 1914.

She was a sickly child, of such poor health that she was home schooled until she was finally well enough to attend school, a the age of 10. She began publishing poetry in her local paper in 1907, and then produced Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems (also 1907), Helen of Troy and Other Poems (1911), Rivers to the Sea (1915), and Love Songs (1917) which won here the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1918.

In her late 20s Teasdale had several suitors. Vachel Lindsay was one of them. He loved Teasdale but declined to propose marriage believing that he could never provide her with the type of financial security that would keep her happy. Instead she married an admirer of poetry, Ernst Filsinger, in 1914. They moved to New York City to inhabit an apartment on Central Park West on the Upper West Side. While her husband was traveling, Teasdale moved interstate for three months to satisfy the criteria to divorce. Without communicating her intent to her husband. He was only informed at her attorney's insistence as the divorce was in process. Filsinger was shocked and surprised but had no recourse. Teasdale than moved two blocks away and rekindled a friendship with Vachel Lindsay, who was now married with children. In 1933 she overdosed on sleeping pills.

While some speculate that the poem I Shall Not Care was penned as a suicide note, that is not true. The poem was published in 1915, 18 years earlier.

Teasdale's 1918 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry is a landmark on The American Literature Timeline.

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Poems

A Ballad Of The Two Knights
A Boy
A Cry
Advice To A Girl
A Fantasy
After Death
After Love
After Parting
Alchemy
A Little While
Alone
A Maiden
A Minuet Of Mozarts
Anadyomene
A November Night
A Prayer
April
April Song
Arcturus
A Song Of The Princess
A Song To Eleonora Duse In "Francesca da Rimini "
At Midnight
At Night
At Sea
August Moonrise
A Winter Bluejay
A Winter Night
Barter
Beatrice
Because
Bells
Blue Squills
Broadway
Buried Love
But Not To Me
By The Sea
Central Park At Dusk
Chance
Change
Child, Child
Christmas Carol
Come
Compensation
Coney Island
Crowned
Day And Night
Dead Love
Debt
Debtor
Deep In The Night
Desert Pools
Dew
Did You Never Know
Doctors
Dooryard Roses
Doubt
Dreams
Dream Song
Driftwood
Dusk In Autumn
Dusk In June
Dusk In War Time
Dust
Ebb Tide
Effigy Of A Nun
Eight Oclock
Embers
Enough
Epitaph
Erinna
Evening: New York
Faces
Fault
Faults
Fear
February
February Twilight
Florence
For The Anniversary Of John Keats Death
Four Winds
From The North
From The Sea
From The Woolworth Tower
Galahad In The Castle Of The Maidens
Gifts
Gramercy Park
Grandfathers Love
Gray Eyes
Gray Fog
Guenevere
Helen Of Troy
Hidden Love
Houses Of Dreams
I Am Not Yours
If Death Is Kind
If I Must Go
I Have Loved Hours At Sea
I Know The Stars
I Love You
Immortal
In A Cuban Garden
In A Garden
In A Railroad Station
In A Restaurant
In A Subway Station
In Davids "Childs Garden Of Verses"
Indian Summer
In Memoriam F.O.S.
In Spring, Santa Barbara
Interlude: Songs Out Of Sorrow
In The Carpenters Shop
In The End
In The Metropolitan Museum
In The Train
I Remembered
I Shall Not Care
I Thought Of You
It Is Not A Word
It Is Not A Word Spoken
It Will Not Change
I Would Live In Your Love
Jewels
Jewls
Joy
June Night
Leaves
Lessons
Less Than The Cloud To The Wind
Let It Be Forgotten
Lights
Like Barley Bending
Longing
Lost Things
Love And Death
Love-Free
Love In Autumn
Lovely Chance
Love Me
Love Songs
Madeira From The Sea
Marianna Alcoforando
May
May Day
May Night
May Wind
Meadowlarks
Message
Moods
Moonlight
Morning
Morning Song
My Heart Is Heavy
Nahant
New Love And Old
New Years Dawn - Broadway
Nightfall
Night In Arizona
Night Song At Amalfi
November
Oh Day Of Fire And Sun
Oh You Are Coming
Old Tunes
On A March Day
Only In Sleep
On The Death Of Swinburne
On The Dunes
On The Tower
Open Windows
Other Men
Over The Roofs
Pain
Paris In Spring
Peace
Pierrot
Pierrots Song
Pity
Places
Primavera Mia
Redbirds
Red Maples
Refuge
Riches
Rispetto
Rivers To The Sea
Roses And Rue
Roundel
Sappho I
Sappho II
Sappho III
Sara Teasdale
Sea Longing
September Midnights
Silence
Since There Is No Escape
Sleepless
Snowfall
Snow Song
Song At Capri
Song I
Song II
Song III
Song Making
Sonnet
Souls Birth
Spray
Spring In War Time
Spring Night
Spring Rain
Spring Torrents
Stars
Summer Night, Riverside
Summer Storm
Sunset: St. Louis
Swallow Flight
Swans
Testament
The Answer
The Blind
The Broken Field
The Carpenters Son
The Cloud
The Coin
The Crystal Gazer
The Dreams Of My Heart
The Faery Forest
The Flight
The Fountain
The Garden
The Ghost
The Gift
The Giver
The Hearts House
The House Of Dreams
The India Wharf
The Inn Of Earth
The Kind Moon
The Kiss
The Lamp
The Lighted Window
The Lights Of New York
The Long Hill
The Look
The Love That Goes A-Begging
The Meeting
The Metropolitan Tower
The Mother Of A Poet
The Mystery
The Net
The New Moon
The Nights Remember
The Old Maid
The Poor House
The Prayer
The Princess In The Tower
The Return
There Will Come Soft Rains
The River
The Rose
The Rose And The Bee
The Sanctuary
The Sea Wind
The Shrine
The Silent Battle
The Solitary
The Song For Colin
The Song Maker
The Star
The Storm
The Treasure
The Tree
The Tree Of Song
The Unchanging
The Unseen
The Voice
The Wanderer
The Wayfarer
The Wind
The Wind In The Hemlock
The Wine
The Years
Thoughts
Tides
To A Castillan Song
To An Aeolian Harp
To A Picture Of Eleanor Duse
To A Picture Of Eleonora Duse As "Francesca da Rimini"
To A Picture Of Eleonora Duse In "The Dead City" II
To A Picture Of Eleonora Duse With The Greek Fire, In "Francesca da Rimini"
To Cleis
To Dick, On His Sixth Birthday
To E.
To Eleonora Duse I
To Eleonora Duse II
To Eleonora Duse In "The Dead City"
To Erinna
To Joy
To L. R. E.
To-Night
To One Away
To Rose
To Sappho I
To Sappho II
To The Years
Triolets
Twilight
Two Minds
Understanding
Union Square
Vignettes Overseas
Villa Serbelloni, Bellaggio
Vox Corporis
Water Lilies
What Do I Care
When Love Goes
When Love Was Born
While I May
White Fog
Wild Asters
Winter Dusk
Winter Stars
Wisdom
Wishes
Young Love
Youth And The Pilgrim

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