Teasdale, Sara

Read selected poems from Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale was born on August 8, 1884 in Saint Louis, Missouri. A sickly child, Teasdale was not able to start school until she was fourteen. Her first poem was published in a local newspaper in 1907 and she had her first collection of poems, Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems, published the same year.

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In 1914 Teasdale married Ernst Filsinger; she had previously rejected a number of other suitors, including Vachel Lindsay. She moved with her new husband to New York City in 1916. In 1918, she won the Columbia University Poetry Society Prize (which became the Pulitzer Prize for poetry) and the Poetry Society of America Prize for Love Songs, which had appeared in 1917. She published three more volumes of poetry during her lifetime: Flame and Shadow (1920), Dark of the Moon (1926), and Stars To-night (1930). Teasdaleā€™s work had always been characterized by its simplicity and clarity, her use of classical forms, and her passionate and romantic subject matter. These later books trace her growing finesse and poetic subtlety. She divorced in 1929 and lived the rest of her life as a semi-invalid. Weakened after a difficult bout with pneumonia, Teasdale committed suicide on January 29, 1933, with an overdose of barbiturates. Her final collection, Strange Victory appeared posthumously that same year.

 

Read selected poems from Sara Teasdale