Poetry Friday: Sara Teasdale and the Muses

Poetry Friday, Scheiss Weekly, Jane Goodwin Mamacita says: There are many poets whose works I love, although of course NOBODY loves everything that anyone does. You may apply that philosophy to every aspect of life. You’re welcome.

Sara Teasdale is a favorite of mine. Her poems strike hard, yet she strikes below the belt with beauty and metaphor and pictures for the mind’s eye, and lessons are learned in spite of ourselves. “I Shall Not Care” is quite possibly my favorite of my favorite Teasdale poems.

I Shall Not Care

WHEN I am dead and over me bright April
Shakes out her rain-drenched hair,
Though 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.


I could turn into a traditional teacher now and tell you that this is a traditional poem with a rhyme scheme of ABCB, DEFE, but I won’t, even though rhyme schemes are a great way to help people learn about patterns in rhythmic pieces, be they song lyrics or just lyrics.  Calliope, Erato, and Polyhymnia are smiling at you, and so are their sisters.

Do you like poetry?  I hope your answer was “Yes” because if you said “No” I would have to give you my lecture about how it’s too bad that you hate music.

Because, my dear, if you remove the melody, what you’ve got there is a poem.  Probably with a rhyme scheme, and a muse that pimps it.

I’ll ask again.  Do you like poetry?  You do?  Good answer.

Greek MusesAnother time we’ll take the Muses’ names apart and connect them to a lot of modern things.  Or, you could do that yourself; it’s easy enough.

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