Sara Teasdale

(August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933 / Missouri / United States)

Sara Teasdale
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Sara Trevor Teasdale was born on August 8, 1884 in St. Louis Missouri. She was the youngest child of Mary Elizabeth Willard and John Warren Teasdale. At the time of Sara's birth, Mary was 40, and John was 45. Teasdale had three other siblings. She had two brothers; George, who was the oldest child at 20, and John Warren Jr., was was 14. Teasdale also had a sister, named Mary (she was fondly called "Maime"), and she was 17. Mary loved her sister Sara and took very good care of her. Sara was named after her grandmother. Teasdale's first word was "pretty". According to her mother, Sara's love of pretty things was what inspired her poetry.

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  • “Stephen kissed me in the spring,
    Robin in the fall,
    But Colin only looked at me
    And never kissed at all.

    Stephen’s kiss was lost in jest,
    Robin’s lost in pl...
    Sara Teasdale, The Collected Poems
  • ''“It is strange how often a heart must be broken
    Before the years can make it wise.” ''
    Sara Teasdale, The Collected Poems
  • ''“You will recognize your own path
    when you come upon it
    because you will suddenly have all the energy
    and imagination you will ever need.” ''
    Sara Teasdale
  • “I am not yours, not lost in you,
    Not lost, although I long to be
    Lost as a candle lit at noon,
    Lost as a snowflake in the sea.

    You love me, and I find you still <...
    Sara Teasdale, Love Songs
  • ''“I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.” ''
    Sara Teasdale
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  • Rajnish Manga Rajnish Manga (11/21/2016 11:23:00 PM)

    Her poetry is a pleasure to read. It captures the moods and emotions and the nuances of human relationships beautifully and is meticulous in their expression. I love it.

  • Hannah Martin (2/19/2016 9:26:00 PM)

    Sara Teasdale is, I think, one of the most wonderful poets who ever lived! The imagery created by her poems is exquisite. She has been my greatest inspiration to be a poet and I could never thank her enough, if I could, for how she has changed my life and influenced my writing.

  • Minnie Froh (1/23/2016 9:32:00 AM)

    another fine poetess. i like her poems very much

  • Gary Shaw B App Sc (biol) (5/30/2015 3:42:00 AM)

    Hi... I am very interested in using one of Sara's poems in a song... matter of fact, I have already written it.. I incorporates my words in the chorus and largely her words in the verses... I just did a random search for poems about rain and found one of her poems and wrote the song.. I assumed she was an active current living poet, it was only afterwards that i discovered that she passed away long ago and is quite famous... I assume their are administrators or relatives who can answer my question... Thank you... GARY Paul Simon SHAW.

  • ayesha angel (2/17/2015 8:47:00 AM)

    Nice

  • Jane Goodman (8/3/2010 9:47:00 PM)

    Does anyone have information about 'The Potter's Wheel', a paper created by several of Teasdale's contemporaries? I remember its existence at Missouri Historic Society but have read no mention of it in any Teasdale biography material. since that time (early 1960's) Each edition was handmade and passed to participating artists who added their contributions. Would like to know how long it was in existence and who participated in the composition.

  • M Dixon (4/10/2010 11:36:00 PM)

    I'm a composer and songwriter that discovered the words of Sara Teasdale last year (2009) and chose to record a new album based on ten of her poems. The music is 21st century popular music, but it is written with respect to Sara's genius of prose. You can get a sneak preview of five tracks from this new album (due later in 2010) on my artist page in MySpace (http: //www.myspace.com/michaelbarrettdixon) . Post comments there if you like. I hope this project meets with approval of the poetry community.

  • Steven M. Burke (3/15/2010 12:41:00 PM)

    The love thats in my heart for you Sara my sweet is as i have falling in-love for the first time. Your words bring a love that has been lost inside of my soul due to heartbreak from so many. There are no more women like you in the world. Peace be with you and you are and always will be loved by the world.

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  • Rohan R (7/29/2008 10:09:00 AM)

    An authentic poet that explains realities so nicely with a compressive outlook

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Best Poem of Sara Teasdale

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Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like the curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
And for your spirit's still delight,
Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,
Buy it and never count the cost;
For one white singing hour of peace
Count many a year of strife well lost,
And for a ...

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