Treasure Island

Sara Teasdale

(8 August 1884 – 29 January 1933 / Missouri)

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I Thought of You


I thought of you and how you love this beauty,
And walking up the long beach all alone
I heard the waves breaking in measured thunder
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  • Dale Mullock (8/2/2010 1:11:00 PM)

    To grasp what a writer has written in their own context you have to try and step inside their head. In my opinion I think this poem is brilliant... full free rolling memory bliss! The monotone part for me is where she has lapsed in to remembrance so all the sense of the world are dulled and become monotone in the background of the subconscious. Death also dulls the sense and maybe through the sea of tears and memory she can see over the dunned horizon and find lodged in her heart and in her reminiscence find that the lapping rolling waves will be once more in the background when she casts her eyes over them in the next life. Top marks from me, but then that is my opinion!

    Dale :) (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/2/2010 5:53:00 AM)

    A monotone is the same note continuously sounding – no one could accuse the sound of waves crashing against the sea shore of being monotonous! It has nothing to do with prosody (and here Pruchnicki reveals his astonishing ignorance ofthe subject) , and everything to do with the appropriateness of a word. If people on this site thought more and did not behave like uncritical girlie fans at a Beatles concert it would be a more interesting location to discuss poetry. Ramesh, for example, seems utterly overcome with pleasure at every poem displayed. To produce a perfect poem is a very difficult task. To decide if a poet has done that is a legitimate, indeed necessary, critical task. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Poewhit (8/2/2010 4:40:00 AM)

    Words denote sorrow and heart break, surrounded by a beautiful setting. Alone in remembrance of love in the last line, that will never happen again. (Report) Reply

  • Juju H. (10/16/2009 7:45:00 AM)

    I disagree Riley. I feel the term monotone was used to express that at one time she and her lover were so into each other that the sound of the waves were unnoticed to them.

    This poem is beautiful but to me the underlying message is a relationship that has ended and the memories although first were pleasant also conjured up the bad feelings.....'We two will pass through death and ages......before you hear that sound again with me'. (Report) Reply

  • Riley Hannagan (8/2/2009 10:26:00 PM)

    Yes, monotone was used to rhyme with alone, but it has no bearing on it-it refers to measured thunder.

    In other words, the constant chiming of a bell brings about the same ring-even if smacked harder, the reverberation is a constant and something that is constant can become monotonous.

    Waves measured thunder? Yes, when constant, can become rhythmic, litanous even-so monotone fits perfectly. (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (8/2/2009 6:49:00 PM)

    Kevin...When was the last time you walked a beach or boardwalk as the sun began to set over myriad whitecaps....POOF! Silver! ...almost of blinding proportion. And as much as i think Mike P. likes reading himself far more than others do, i do agree with his assessment on the impact take-away of Teasdales'
    choice in employing the word monotone, at least where she did.Sarah Teasdale has always been one of my favorite Poet's, and chances are, i'd be hard pressed, and searching the remainder of the evening to find another such scenario in her work. One of our all-time finest! .............................FjR (Report) Reply

  • Sara S (8/2/2009 12:52:00 PM)

    Very nice poem.... beautiful and longing... please, people! kevin, come on, it's a wonderful poem, you don't have to nit pick and find everything wrong when there is nothing wrong! if she knew what she means, do we need to? (Report) Reply

  • Michael Pruchnicki (8/2/2009 7:59:00 AM)

    The resident expert in prosody has decreed that Sarah Teasdale chose the wrong word because 'it detracts from the notion of this beauty' and because it rhymes with the word 'alone' in line 2. Of course, as usual, he neglects to mention that the speaker is thinking about someone who is evidently no longer here, and that there is a feeling of regret and loneliness evoked by the imagery of a solitary walk on the 'long beach all alone.' If he had ever walked along a beach with the sound of breaking waves, he might agree that there is a monotone, no rises and falls, no variation in sound, which agrees with the tone of the poem-a melancholy walk remembering times past. The silver of the sea evokes the coldness and calm of death and eternity (the ages lengthen) - this is a poem about one's longing for past days! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Straw (8/2/2009 7:42:00 AM)

    “Monotone” is wrong. It detracts from the notion of “this beauty”, and was chosen perhaps because it rhymes with “alone”.
    Is the sea ever silver? I know what she means, but does she say what she means?
    Do “ages lengthen”? An “age” is a discrete span of time. (Report) Reply

  • Tsira Goge (8/2/2009 6:02:00 AM)

    Sarah-The brilliant poetess...Amazingly gentle acknowledgement of eternal love even in thoughts.... 10...............
    Tsira (Report) Reply

  • Holt Louque (6/29/2009 3:45:00 AM)

    'The first verse is but a dream of thee and me,
    while the second reminds me of what is not to be.'
    HRL (Report) Reply

  • William Jackson (8/2/2008 1:01:00 AM)

    I love the writing of Sarah Teasdale and am surprised that she has fallen out of favor with anthologists. I shall always love her poetry. It is sad that the romanticism she expressed in her poetry seemed to elude her in life; the imagination is always much more powerful than reality, and the sublime beauty of the object of one's affection in the mind's eye is rarely reciprocated in real life. (Report) Reply

  • James Foulk (8/2/2007 11:12:00 PM)

    What a poet Sarah Teasdale was. it was sad that her life came to an end before it was suppose to. this was a touching poem and i really loved it as i do most of her poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Allenika ... (2/12/2007 10:20:00 PM)

    The meaning is so beautiful! i just love it. i too thought of someone
    and how they love the beauty. Beautiful! ! ! (Report) Reply

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