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Teasdale
Gerard Sisters Studio
Sara Teasdale
1914
Sara Teasdale Papers

 

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Sara Teasdale was undoubtedly one of the most popular writers associated with the Chicago Renaissance; her many volumes of poetry often went into several printings and her work has remained in print for decades. Teasdale was known for her skillful use of traditional poetic forms at a time when many of her contemporaries were experimenting with free verse poetry and unconventional language use. A St. Louis, Missouri, native, Teasdale traveled as a young woman, developing an extended community of literary friends, especially in Chicago’s vibrant literary scene. Chief among these were the poets Vachel Lindsay and Eunice Tietjens and editors John Hall Wheelock and Harriet Monroe. Of meeting Teasdale early in her career, Monroe wrote, “She was as delicate as a lily, but under the white-petaled perfume one felt in her presence an impassioned intensity of feeling which her brief lyrics were then beginning to express.”1 Of her 1926 volume Dark of the Moon Monroe wrote: “when a powerful and engaging personality finds a truly lyric expression with the completeness recorded in successive groups of Sara Teasdale’s best poems, we have a seemingly indestructible combination, a prophecy of what we short-sighted and short-lived mortals call immortality.”2

1 Harriet Monroe, A Poet’s Life, NY: Macmillan, 1938, p. 323.
2 Harriet Monroe, “New Lyrics by Sara Teasdale,” Poetry, A Magazine of Verse, Dec. 1926, pp.159-60.

 

 

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