Sara Teasdale Analysis

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(Poets and Poetry in America)

Sara Teasdale (TEEZ-dayl) attempted drama in a one-act play, On the Tower (pb. 1911), which appeared in Helen of Troy, and Other Poems. She began a biography of Christina Rossetti, her favorite woman poet, in 1931, but never completed it. Finally, Teasdale edited two anthologies: The Answering Voice: One Hundred Love Lyrics by Women (1917) and Rainbow Gold: Poems Old and New Selected for Boys and Girls (1922).


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Sara Teasdale is remembered as a lyric poet. She was one of the most widely read poets in the United States in the years before her death in 1933. Her later collections, Flame and Shadow, Dark of the Moon, and Strange Victory, are considered her best. Her collection Love Songs went through five editions in 1917, and she was awarded a five-hundred-dollar prize, the forerunner of the Pulitzer Prize, by Columbia University in 1918.


(Poets and Poetry in America)

Carpenter, Margaret Haley. Sara Teasdale: A Biography. 1960. Reprint. Norfolk, Va.: Pentelic Press, 1977. This early biography is particularly good in its treatment of Teasdale’s early life, especially the Potter period. Its extensive use of letters to Teasdale also gives a vivid picture of her relationship with Vachel Lindsay.

Drake, William. Sara Teasdale: Woman and Poet. 1979. Reprint. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1989. This psychologically oriented biography attempts to place Teasdale in the context of the transitional period between Victorianism and modernism. Although its conclusions about her motivations are speculative, this book’s attention to Teasdale as a product of her time and its conflicts offers a reading of her character that is less idealized than that of the Carpenter book.

Gould, Jean. American Woman Poets: Pioneers of Modern Poetry. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1980. This collection of biographical reviews of early twentieth century poets gives a sympathetic overview of Teasdale’s life and places her in the first rank of lyric poets.

Larsen, Jeanne. “Lowell, Teasdale, Wylie, Millay, and Bogan.” In The Columbia History of American Poetry, edited by Jay Parini and Brett C. Millier. New York: Columbia University Press, 1993. A biographical and critical study of Teasdale...

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