As a lover of language, I have always enjoyed reading or hearing other people's thoughts expressed in precise or figurative words. This fascination with words and exactness of expression leads to great enjoyment of poetry. When I was in school (at all levels) we were required to read, sometimes to memorize, and frequently to study many different kinds of poetry. Although it was not always fun, the study led to an appreciation of poetry. I have recently reread poetry that I remember from academia. I find it interesting that I read them with some sense of nostalgia as well as with the original understandings and appreciations. I hope teachers are still instilling this love of poetry in children today.
This poem of Sara Teasdale's is one that has some beautiful language and expresses a genuine truth.
by Sarah Teasdale