“Ars Poetica” has been called MacLeish’s ultimate expression of the Archibald MacLeish, who like Cummings arrived on the poetic scene after the first. Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish. Ars Poetica Learning Guide by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley. Brief summary of the poem Ars Poetica. Ars Poetica. by Archibald MacLeish. Home /; Poetry /; Ars Poetica /; Summary. Ars Poetica /; Summary. SHMOOP.

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If a poem has universality, it can move from one moment to the next, or from one age to another, while its relevance remains fixed “motionless,” line 9.

Ars Poetica – Poem by Archibald MacLeish

Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude SteinT. The third section states that a poem should just “be,” like a painting aes a wall or a sculpture on a pedestal. Although the conversations had no nacleish topics, almost every subject mentioned reaches back to poetry in one way or another. The first, presented by Donald Stauffer in The Nature of Poetry, is consistent with the above reading that a good poem has the ability to transcend time.

While international conflicts before World War I destroyed lands and property and devastated populations, World War I brought destruction to a new level. To this insightful remark I would add another: For all the history of grief An empty doorway and a maple leaf. While the two lines in couplets usually match in length and meter, MacLeish very specifically varies the lengths of the lines here: Following the war, MacLeish returned to Yale and completed his law degree as class valedictorian.

Ars Poetica

All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge Attendance at sporting events skyrocketed, giving rise to the sports hero, including people with whom we are familiar today, such as Babe RuthKnute Rockne, Bill Tilden, and Jack Dempsey. These lines offer the same type of evasive images that were offered for grief in the preceding couplet.

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MacLeish, however, suggests that there can be no understanding of them, just experience of them. To create an order which a bewildered, angry heart can recognize. And what is its significance?

Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish – Poems | Academy of American Poets

These first six lines of the poem are an appeal to universality, the passage of archibaod and knowledge that cuts across the barriers of language. I love this poem! Such a poem is not rooted in any time or place.

The stanzas in this poem divide into three equal sections. No, the best way for youth to level the playing field against people with more experience is to embrace values that stress the importance of instinct.

As one of the few world economies left intact after the war, the United States was prosperous throughout the s, until the stock market crashed in November ofstarting the Great Depression. University of Minnesota Press, Financially comfortable, America in the s turned its attention toward less serious concerns.

He says instead that a poem should be like a piece of fruit, suggesting qualities that a piece of fruit has: Among other writers, he was fascinated by T. A poem should be motionless in time As the moon climbs, 6.

Ars Poetica (MacLeish): a Study Guide

MacLeish divides the poem into three eight-line sections, each explaining what a poem “should be. Third, he insists upon the avoidance of the merely personal, the escape into the impersonal.

Srs rhyming pairs of lines occur throughout the poem except in lines 7 and 8, 13 and 14, and 21 poehica In MacLeish gave up his law career to write poetry, moving with his wife and peotica children to Paris, where he associated with some of the most innovative writers America has ever produced, including Ernest HemingwayF. Line 14 is even more problematic because the poet does not use a verb in this clause.


MacLeish implies that poets should rein in their ambitions to keep poetry in touch with reality. He started using art to address the concerns of people, not just art itself. Scott Donaldson writes in his biography of MacLeish that “in severely compressed form,” “Ars Poetica” conveys “some of the modernist aesthetic” Text of the Poem. InMacLeish returned to America, where he began research for his epic poem Conquistador by travelling the steps and mule-ride of Cortez’s army through Mexico.

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In using the image of a thumb reading old medallions, MacLeish implies that the poet cannot count on readers to understand abstract significance because meanings fade, just like an imprint pressed into metal wears down, and readers are often as insensitive as a thumb.

Most obvious is the emphasis given to anything that is said twice. He served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets from to It is possible, however, that he states his case. In the s millions of Americans, who otherwise would have been law-abiding citizens, associated with criminals to get liquor, because the sale and possession of alcohol was illegal from to

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