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Collected Poems Hardcover – April 1, 1996


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Buccaneer Books; Reprint edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568493452
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568493459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,652,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have an original copy of this book, given to me by my Grandfather, a retired English professor.
jhawkr@hotmail.com
Any reader of poetry will be entranced by her precision and immense sensitivity to life, love, pain angst etc.
tamero@tminet.com
I highly, highly recommend Teasdale to anyone getting started with poetry or just for a very enjoyable read.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By tamero@tminet.com on December 11, 1997
Format: Board book
Sara Teasdale has truly moved me to tears so many times in the reading of her incredibly sensitive poetry that it's hard to put common words to it. I have read this collected works many times and it is a wonderfully arranged collection of her finest poems. Any reader of poetry will be entranced by her precision and immense sensitivity to life, love, pain angst etc.
As a professor, I often read sections of her poems to my students and it never fails that they love this women's words of love , her appreciation of nature, and the powerful eyes of one who sees life.
I know of few poets in history that can approach her simple way of opening the wounds of our lives in such few words.
I recommend her to all who would be ready to enjoy true poetry at it's finest
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By jhawkr@hotmail.com on September 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I have an original copy of this book, given to me by my Grandfather, a retired English professor. It gathers all of Teasdale's finest works into one wonderful collection. From 'The Poor House' to 'The Metropolitan Tower' to 'Barter', some of her finest poems are in this collection. And now, I am purchasing another copy for my best friend!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By macleod76@hotmail.com on July 9, 1998
Format: Hardcover
An excellent collection of poems by Sara Teasdale, one of the early 20th Century's forgotten poets. Unlike most poets, Teasdale uses classical rhyming and form for her work. However, I found that the poems seemed free and fluid, more so than other modern efforts. These poems will definately touch the romantic side, I recommend Teasdale to anyone who loves romance and sensual writing.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Woodward on June 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Teasdale's poems are lovely and this is a wonderful collection. However, it is not as complete as the title implies. There are several poems missing from the original manuscript of "Rivers To The Sea" and no foreword that explains their absence. I can only imagine that there have been similar omissions from the other manuscripts included in the collection.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Dotti Webb on July 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is beautifully bound, has a detailed table of contents, and an index of first lines. It is refreshing to have the poems presented without heavy-handed footnotes and biographical intrusions, but the book doesn't have an editor's name on it, nor does it have an explanatory foreword.
It would be useful to know whether or not these poems were the ones that Miss Teasdale authorized, or if someone chose to pull them out of her trash can after she died. Were they reconstructed from notebooks? Was anything omitted or added to the original manuscripts?
It can be a long way from first draft to final version. Unhappy experiences with gonzo editions of Shakespeare, Haendel's "Messiah," and "Billy Budd" have taught me to beware of invisible editors.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The tragic Sara Teasdale was one of the foremost female poets of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with her formal style and focus on romance. "The Collected Poems of Sara Teasdale" brings together all eight of her books, although the sole focus of her poetry gets a bit tiring after awhile.

Although the early twentieth century saw the blossoming of the "new" poetry, Teasdale stuck to more formal prose: "The fountain shivers lightly in the rain/the laurels drip, the fading roses fall/the marble satyr plays a mournful strain/That leaves the rainy fragrance musical." Not terribly original in HOW it's written, but the rich language is all the more striking.

Over time her style became a bit more experimental ("while your kisses and the flowers/falling, falling/tangled my hair"), but she usually stuck to the same rhyme schemes and simple language. And the final poem of the collection seems sad when one considers that she committed suicide: "I will make this world of my devising/out of a dream in my lonely mind/I shall find the crystal of peace,-- above me/stars I shall find."

Teasdale never actually had a successful romance in her life, but she was obviously in love with love. "When I am not with you/I am alone/for there is no one else/and there is nothing/that comforts me but you," she writes late in the volume. Imagine having that written to you, or at least given to illustrate the feelings.

Almost every poem in the eight books deals with romance, lovers, and how much she adored both. In fact, after awhile it gets a little tedious; it's a good idea to read it slowly, in chunks. However, Teasdale's love poetry is extremely beautiful and richly written, so that it's hard not to get dewy-eyed when reading them individually.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 25, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Sara Teasdale is easily one of the greatest American poets and this collection has all her great works in one book. A must for lovers of poetry.
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