Sara Teasdale was born August 8, 1884, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was home-schooled during the early years of her life, as her health was too poor to travel. When she was fourteen, she attended Mary Institute, but graduated from Hosmer Hall in 1903. Her first poetry was published in a local newspaper, and shortly after, her first collection, Sonnets to Duse and Other Poems was published in 1907. Her second collection, Helen of Troy and Other Poems, was published a few years later in 1911 and was admired by critics and society alike. Teasdale’s romantic, lyrical style made her accessible and popular among readers.
Teasdale married Ernst Filsinger in 1914, and the following year, published her best-selling collection of poetry, Rivers to the Sea. Sara and her husband moved to New York in 1916, and two years later, she was awarded several prizes for her collection Love Songs, including one from the Poetry Society of America and the Columbia University Poetry Society, which later became the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. However, professional accolades were not enough to save the poet from depression and unrest. With her husband often away on business, she was frequently lonely and eventually divorced him without his knowledge in 1929. She published three more volumes of poetry before committing suicide in 1933 by overdosing on sleeping pills.