Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sara Teasdale

Sara Teasdale (1884-1933) was a native St. Louisan who would have answered the infamous St. Louis question ("Where did you go to {high}school?") with "MICDS".   Sara won the first Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1918 and her success has been immortalized with a star on St. Louis's Walk of Fame.

As is the case with so many authors and poets, Sara was not a healthy child and spent many hours estate which seems to lend itself to a melancholy disposition, to an intensification of thought and emotion, and a propensity to produce exceptional prose and poetry.  You can learn more about Sara's  life and publications here: one of my favorite poetry sites.  

This is the first of several of her poems that I intend to share:
I Shall Not Care
by Sara Teasdale

When I am dead and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair,
Tho' you should lean above me broken-hearted,
I shall not care. 
I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peaceful
When rain bends down the bough,
And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted
Than you are now.

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