A Short Analysis of Sara Teasdale’s ‘I Shall Not Care’

An excellent example of how good a short poem can be.

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A critical reading of a short lyric poem

‘I Shall Not Care’, a short eight-line poem about dying, was once mistaken for Sara Teasdale’s suicide note, after she took her own life in 1933. The poem had, in fact, been published in 1915, in her collection Rivers to the Sea. We thought we’d share this little gem of a poem with you, and offer a few words of preliminary analysis – though the poem, written in plain and clear language, doesn’t need a great deal of critical commentary.

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