Stars by Sara Teasdale


I went to a quirky high school that made students memorize tons of poetry…so I’ve definitely got this one covered. Let’s see, which one should I choose? The first one that comes to mind is this poem:

“Stars” by Sara Teasdale

Alone in the night
On a dark hill
With pines all around me
Spicy and still
And a heaven full of stars
Over my head
White and topaz
And misty red
Myriads of beating hearts of fire
That aeons cannot vex or tire.
Up the dome of heaven,
Like a great hill
I watch them marching stately and still.
And know that I am honored to be
Witness of so much majesty.

The best thing about this poem is how deftly it evokes the visual element of stargazing at night while out in nature.

Note: Just double-checked what I remembered by referencing this website. I had about 98% accuracy. Not bad, for a poem I memorized in high school!

Photo courtesy of Chris Brinleejr.

Stars by Sara Teasdale

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