I Shall not Care

By Sara Teasdale 1884–1933 Sara Teasdale
When I am dead and over me bright April
      Shakes out her rain-drenched hair,
Tho' you should lean above me broken-hearted,
      I shall not care.

I shall have peace, as leafy trees are peaceful
      When rain bends down the bough,
And I shall be more silent and cold-hearted
      Than you are now.

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Poet Sara Teasdale 1884–1933

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Spring, Living, Nature, Death

Poetic Terms 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 Spring, Living, Nature, Death

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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