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What is the theme of poem “Thoughts” by Sara Teasdale?

In “Thoughts,” Sara Teasdale explores the theme of solitude. Only when in the embrace of solitude can the speaker experience the joy and beauty, even the companionship and love, of her own thoughts. Solitude is both valuable and enjoyable and certainly never lonely.

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The primary theme of Sara Teasdale 's poem “Thoughts” is the value and joy of solitude. The speaker calls on her audience to envy her when she is alone. This may seem counter-intuitive to many readers, for people often associate solitude with loneliness and sadness. But this is not the...

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The primary theme of Sara Teasdale's poem “Thoughts” is the value and joy of solitude. The speaker calls on her audience to envy her when she is alone. This may seem counter-intuitive to many readers, for people often associate solitude with loneliness and sadness. But this is not the case, the speaker maintains. When she sits in solitude, then her thoughts “flutter round” her in “a glimmering host.”

These thoughts are beautiful, and the speaker uses a variety of metaphors and images to describe them. Some are “dressed in silver”; they are grand and exquisite. Some are “dressed in white”; they are pure. They also glow like candles, enlightening the speaker's mind and spirit. Many of her thoughts are happy, although some are “grave” and serious. But they all float along gracefully. Some bear violets, which are symbols of innocence, modesty, and love. Others bear bay, symbolic of wisdom. One even bears “a burning rose / Hidden away.” The speaker's thoughts turn to some passionate love that she usually keeps buried deep within herself.

Yet these thoughts only float around in the speaker's mind when she is alone, when in her solitude she has the time and tranquility to examine them without interruption or distraction. These thought become her friends and companions, better, she says, than human beings. Indeed, in her time alone with her thoughts, the speaker experiences beauty, joy, companionship, and even love.

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