Sara Teasdale

(August 8, 1884 – January 29, 1933 / Missouri / United States)

Advice To A Girl - Poem by Sara Teasdale

No one worth possessing
Can be quite possessed;
Lay that on your heart,
My young angry dear;
This truth, this hard and precious stone,
Lay it on your hot cheek,
Let it hide your tear.
Hold it like a crystal
When you are alone
And gaze in the depths of the icy stone.
Long, look long and you will be blessed:
No one worth possessing
Can be quite possessed.


Comments about Advice To A Girl by Sara Teasdale

  • (3/5/2017 4:51:00 PM)


    Just wonderful (Report) Reply

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  • Rajnish Manga (11/21/2016 11:04:00 PM)


    How a simple looking poem can convey a profound message, this is the example. This also reflects the complexity of human relationships. Nicely articulated.
    No one worth possessing
    Can be quite possessed.
    (Report) Reply

  • Sriranji Aratisankar (8/29/2016 11:46:00 PM)


    This truth, this hard and precious stone, really this is a precious stone...actual way.... (Report) Reply

  • Judith Blatherwick (7/9/2016 7:56:00 AM)


    Wonderful advice worded in a very lovely way. (Report) Reply

  • (3/11/2016 5:51:00 PM)


    ..........wonderful poem with great advice ★ (Report) Reply

  • (1/23/2016 9:35:00 AM)


    she lived in a different age and a different world but she could understand human nature. love this poem (Report) Reply

  • Alem Hailu G/kristos (12/2/2015 9:49:00 AM)


    Yes the converse also works.Boys wishing to posses girls should know that too.I liked this poem! (Report) Reply

  • (4/19/2015 2:38:00 PM)


    beautiful poem with a deep meaning... u cannot possess someone worth possessing..u can only hold them and try to understand them.. (Report) Reply

  • (3/24/2015 12:08:00 PM)


    Beautiful and true...love it (Report) Reply

  • (11/19/2009 11:33:00 AM)


    love this so much! ! !
    I needed that. thanks. :)
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  • (8/18/2008 11:58:00 AM)


    I absolutely love this poem! It finally explains the truth about love and trying to possess the object of your affection. The more you try to possess, you become the one possessed by your own hand. You become taken over by your desire to have and not your desire to love and to care. I have two grown daughters and I have tried to say these things to them, but Sara Teasdale does a better job of it in her poem, Advice to a Girl. (Report) Reply

  • (2/16/2008 10:46:00 AM)


    This poem helped me so much. she's a great writer all of us could learn something from her. (Report) Reply

  • (10/16/2007 11:35:00 AM)


    Beautiful poem with great wisdom shared! Sara was the bomb...much can be learned from her works even after so much time has passed.
    A fan
    Shelley
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  • (4/16/2007 11:36:00 PM)


    i love this poem and i love sara teasdale.. amazing (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2007 11:08:00 PM)


    Thankgod for this poem. (Report) Reply

  • (12/10/2006 12:45:00 PM)


    This is brilliant and ever so true. I love Ms Teasdale (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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