Eight O'Clock

By Sara Teasdale 1884–1933 Sara Teasdale
Supper comes at five o'clock,
      At six, the evening star,
My lover comes at eight o'clock—
      But eight o'clock is far.

How could I bear my pain all day
      Unless I watched to see
The clock-hands laboring to bring
      Eight o'clock to me.

Sara Teasdale, “Eight O'Clock” from Flame and Shadow (New York: Macmillan, 1924). Copyright 1924 by Sara Teasdale. Reprinted with the permission of the Office for Resources, Wellesley College.

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Poet Sara Teasdale 1884–1933

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Classic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Rhymed Stanza

 Sara  Teasdale

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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 Time & Brevity, Relationships, Living, Love, Classic Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Common Measure, Rhymed Stanza

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