Sara Teasdale

Missouri / United States
Sara Teasdale
Missouri / United States
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Rating: 3.8
Life has loveliness to sell,
All beautiful and splendid things,
Blue waves whitened on a cliff,
Soaring fire that sways and sings,
And children's faces looking up,
Holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell,
Music like the curve of gold,
Scent of pine trees in the rain,
Eyes that love you, arms that hold,
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Evonne Duggan 12 April 2019
I am now 90 years old and learned this poem in the 7th grade. I have never forgotten it and love it still.
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Alice Sessions 12 March 2019
We sang this in grade school. It helped form a life phylosophy. Stll loved at 88 years old
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Nicole Settimi 13 February 2019
' Soaring fire that sways and sings, ' - best line. The arrangement of this is lovely. I love the imagery and metaphors, here. Great write. Xx NDS
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Susan Williams 12 February 2018
She makes writing seem so easy that all you have to do is put a pen in your hand and beautiful words and images and wisdom will flow out onto the page as easy as water flows downhill.
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Marieta Maglas 12 February 2018
She compares this kind of selling with a barter transaction.'Blue waves whitened on a cliff' make us think of purity, especially because the children are mentioned immediately after that. The cosmos has a perfect, eternal equilibrium. 'Loveliness' is a 'white singing ', the purity of voice necessary for peace. This poem is a pleading for love.Voted 10.
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Marieta Maglas 12 February 2018
The fire creates earth (the ash) , the earth absorbs the water, the water quenches the fire and nourishes the wood, the wood feeds the fire and creates the oxygen by photosynthesis. The pine is a biblical, evergreen tree. Sara Teasdale wants to prove that love is precious and not for sale.
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Marieta Maglas 12 February 2018
By using the alliteration, the personification, or simile, Sara Teasdale wrote a splendid poem in iambic tetrameter, a poem about love. The primordial elements used by the poetess are water ('blue waves') , fire ('soaring fire') , air (breath of ecstasy') , and earth ('scent of pine trees') are energies or transitions for the cosmogonic dimension of love.
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Edward Kofi Louis 12 February 2018
Life has loveliness to sell! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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James Mclain 12 February 2018
3: 16 My favorite poet who struggled with mental illness, untill she took her life as did so many poets back then.. James McLain
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Rajnish Manga 12 February 2018
We, the ordinary mortals, can learn a great deal from this poem- A practical guide. Thanks. For one white singing hour of peace Count many a year of strife well lost,
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