The Look

By Sara Teasdale 1884–1933 Sara Teasdale
Strephon kissed me in the spring,
      Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
      And never kissed at all.

Strephon's kiss was lost in jest,
      Robin's lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin's eyes
      Haunts me night and day.

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Poet Sara Teasdale 1884–1933

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Love, Relationships, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love, Heartache & Loss

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Common Measure, Pastoral

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Sara Teasdale received public admiration for her well-crafted lyrical poetry which centered on a woman's changing perspectives on beauty, love, and death. Many of Teasdale's poems chart developments in her own life, from her experiences as a sheltered young woman in St. Louis, to those as a successful yet increasingly uneasy writer in New York City, to a depressed and disillusioned person who would commit suicide in 1933. . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Relationships, Classic Love, Infatuation & Crushes, Unrequited Love, Heartache & Loss

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza, Common Measure, Pastoral

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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