Humanities › Literature Sara Teasdale Shows You the "Stars" With Words Share Flipboard Email Print Credit: Hulton Archive / Stringer/Getty Images Literature Quotations Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Quotations For Holidays Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Simran Khurana Education Expert M.B.A, Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S., University of Mumbai, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. our editorial process Simran Khurana Updated November 01, 2019 This poem by Sara Teasdale is a touching, and mesmerizing poem, that describes the beauty of stars in the sky. Sara Teasdale, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her collection Love Songs, was known for her lyrical prowess, especially in her other compositions such as Helen of Troy and Other Poems, and Rivers to the Sea. Sara Teasdale had an uncanny way with metaphors. The phrase "spicy and still" evokes different imagery in the mind of the reader, unlike the "white and topaz" which describe the glittering brilliance of the stars in the sky. Sara Teasdale Sara Teasdale was born in 1884. Having lived a sheltered life, in a devout family, Sara was first exposed to the poems of Christina Rossetti who left a deep impression in the young poetess's mind. Other poets such as A. E. Housman and Agnes Mary Frances Robinson also inspired her. Though Sara Teasdale had a cocooned life, far away from the hardships of ordinary people, she found it difficult to appreciate the simplistic beauty of life. To add to her woes, her marriage with Ernst B. Filsinger failed and she later filed for divorce. Her failing health and loneliness after divorce made her a recluse. Having gone through a physically and emotionally turbulent phase of life, Sara Teasdale decided to give up on life. She committed suicide by overdosing on drugs in 1933. Sara Teasdale Poems Were Full of Emotion Sara Teasdale's poem centered around love. Her poetry was evocative, full of expression and emotion. Perhaps this was her way to channel her feelings through words. Her poetry is rich in lyrical melody, pure in emotion, and honest in conviction. Though many critics felt that Sara Teasdale's poems had a naive girlish quality, she became a popular poet for her sincere expression of beauty. Stars Alone in the nightOn a dark hillWith pines around meSpicy and still,And a heaven full of starsOver my head,White and topazAnd misty red;Myriads with beatingHearts of fireThat aeonsCannot vex or tire;Up the dome of heavenLike a great hill,I watch them marchingStately and still,And I know that IAm honored to beWitnessOf so much majesty. I Shall Not Care Another poem that makes Sara Teasdale very popular is the poem I Shall Not Care. This poem is in stark contrast to her love-filled, romantically inclined poems that talk about beauty. In this poem, Sara Teasdale makes it a point to express her bitterness for her unhappy life. She says that after her death, she would not care if her loved ones grieved. The poem only shows how much she yearns to be loved, and how hurt she is by the lack of affection towards her. She somehow wishes that her death would be a strong punishment for all those she has left behind. Her last collection of poems titled Strange Victory was published after her death. Sara Teasdale excelled in her metaphors and vivid imagery. You can picture the scene, as she portrays it through her poems. Her heart-wrenching declaration of forlorn love touches you for its sentimentality. Here is the poem I Shall Not Care, written by Sara Teasdale. I Shall Not Care When I am dead and over me bright AprilShakes out her rain-drenched hair,Though you shall lean above me broken-hearted,I shall not care.I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peacefulWhen rain bends down the bough;And I shall be more silent and cold-heartedThan you are now.