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Download The Poetry of Sara Teasdale - Flame and Shadow Audiobook (Unabridged)

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sara Teasdale Narrator: Susie Berneis Publisher: Freshwater Seas Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN:
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Sara Teasdale - winner of a Pulitzer Prize, the Poetry Society of America prize, and other awards - lived for love and beauty and died by her own hand. Her poetry shows vividly what an intensely passionate woman she was, so much so that in some of her poetry she speaks of the impact of beauty in terms of physical pain, and the impact of love in terms of birth and death. She knew the world of her time; her poetry reacts to New York, to Chicago, to Paris; she knew the poets of her time, including a long and painful relationship with the poet Vachel Lindsay. Her poetry shows no interest in politics; it is the world of beauty and the world of the heart that draw her mind. Her poetry is technically simple, as is that of another great American poet, Robert Frost. Like him, she expresses herself directly, yet in rhythm and rhyme:

I have loved much and been loved deeply -
Oh when my spirit's fire burns low,
Leave me the darkness and the stillness
I shall be tired and glad to go.

Like many of America's women poets, she is rather on the back shelf these days, but she deserves better. Enjoy this reading of her poetry!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 4/8/2010

    " I hate to say it, but her poems start to run together after a while. Still the imagery is beautiful and the prose is heartfelt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 7/1/2008

    " Sara Teasdale's poetry is, in general, lovely. Her style doesn't seem to vary much from poem to poem, or, indeed, from collection to collection. That sort of spoils it. The use of imagery is lovely, though, and each of her poems read alone is beautiful. "

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About the Author
Author Sara Teasdale

Sara Trevor Teasdale (1884–1933) was born in St Louis, Missouri. A child of poor health she was fourteen years old when she was well enough to begin school. Her first poetry publication was in 1907, with her second book in 1911. She was courted by Vachel Lindsay, a great poet, but one who thought he could not provide a suitable standard of living. So Sara married Ernst Filsinger and the couple moved to New York City. In 1917 she released the poetry collection Love Songs, and the following year it won three awards: the Columbia University Poetry Society prize, the 1918 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, and the annual prize of the Poetry Society of America.

About the Narrator

Susie Berneis is a professional voice-over artist. She has a BA in English and theater from the University of Michigan and more than twenty years of community theater experience. Her audiobook narrations include The Secret of Raven Point by Jennifer Vanderbes, which won an AudioFile Earphones Award in 2014.