Flame and Shadow (Mint Editions)
Flame and Shadow (1920) is a poetry collection by Sara Teasdale. The poet's fifth collection, published two years after she won the 1918 Pulitzer Prize, is a masterful collection of lyric poems meditating on life, death, and the natural world. Somber and celebratory, symbolic and grounded in experience, Flame and Shadow revels in the mystery of existence itself. "What do I care, in the dreams and the languor of spring, / That my songs do not show me at all?" Content to depict the rhythms of nature, the songs of birds, and "the silver light after a storm," Teasdale's poetry dissolves the poet's ego in order to access a deeper well of creative energy: "For my mind is proud and strong enough to be silent, / It is my heart that makes my songs, not I." In "There Will Come Soft Rains," a poem born from a decade of war and widespread disease, Teasdale imagines a posthuman world where beauty and harmony continue despite our disappearance: "Robins will wear their feathery fire / Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire; And not one will know of the war... " For Teasdale, a poet who merges an abiding affection for flora and fauna with a critical distance from human affairs, the belief in the life of the world, with or without us, is enough. With a beautifully designed cover and professionally typeset manuscript, this edition of Sara Teasdale's Flame and Shadow is a classic work of American poetry reimagined for modern readers.
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