Spring in War-Time

By Sara Teasdale 1884–1933 Sara Teasdale
I feel the spring far off, far off,
    The faint, far scent of bud and leaf—
Oh, how can spring take heart to come
    To a world in grief,
    Deep grief?
 
The sun turns north, the days grow long,
    Later the evening star grows bright—
How can the daylight linger on
    For men to fight,
    Still fight?
 
The grass is waking in the ground,
    Soon it will rise and blow in waves—
How can it have the heart to sway
    Over the graves,
    New graves?
 
Under the boughs where lovers walked
    The apple-blooms will shed their breath—
But what of all the lovers now
    Parted by Death,
    Grey Death?

Source: A Treasury of War Poetry (1917)

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Poet Sara Teasdale 1884–1933

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

Subjects Living, Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Heartache & Loss, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

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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 Living, Death, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Heartache & Loss, Social Commentaries, War & Conflict

SCHOOL / PERIOD Modern

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