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. “Ars Poetica” (Latin for “The Art of Poetry”) is a lyric poem of twenty-four lines. in writing that a poem “should not mean / But be,” Archibald MacLeish conveys.

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At the onset of World War I, MacLeish volunteered as an ambulance driver, and later became a captain of field artillery. Poems arz Archibald MacLeish: Outlined here are four important aspects of the modernist aesthetic.

Ars Poetica (MacLeish): a Study Guide

Taken as one statement of his theory, the poem does defy the “hair splitting analysis of modern criticism.

The reader must, of course, ‘flesh out’ the bare bones MacLeish lays out, but what a pleasure to reread, from the opening lines!

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It would not do to gush on the page. The feet are mostly iambic, and the meter ats. After death separated two lovers, the cemetery grass grew tall and now leans against a tombstone. Its content remains fresh and alive to each reader down through the years, down through the centuries. The statements are not only concrete but paradoxical, macleush it is impossible that poems should be “mute” or “Dumb” or “Silent” or “wordless,” which would mean that there was no communication in them at all; rather, what MacLeish is stating in his succession of paradoxical images is that the substance of poetry may be physical but the meaning of poetry is metaphysical: The third poeetica states that a poem should just “be,” like a painting on a wall or a sculpture on a pedestal.


He served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets macoeish to Leave this field blank. The antidote was the image and imagist poetry. There he [MacLeish] found Fenellosa’s observation that “metaphor maclleish the very essence of poetry,” but not as exegesis or demonstration.

It is inconceivable that such a poem could have been written without archinald, because the technique as well as the philosophy of MacLeish’s most famous poem is imagist. And fourth, he understands the poem as a creation that is an end to itself. Sigmund Freud Discovers Th A poem should be palpable and mute As a globed fruit, Dumb As old medallions to the thumb, Silent as the sleeve-worn stone Of casement ledges where the moss has grown— A poem should be wordless As the flight of birds.

I love this poem! InPresident Franklin D. Contains seven vignettes unparalleled in succinctness of expression. The secret of freedom.

This difficulty is compounded when the poems keep talking about themselves and their intentions for poetry as a whole. Yet in spite of the fact that we have encountered it innumerable times in innumerable anthologies, essays, textbooks, that telling last couplet remains fresh and enigmatic: For all the history of grief An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

Inhe was appointed assistant Secretary of State for cultural affairs.

From tohe was Simpson Lecturer at Amherst College. Since my Beloved chambered me To beat within her breast, And took my soul to light a shrine Her soul had decked and dressed, Archiblad caught my songs about her throat,— Dissected, known, confessed, I dwell within her charity A half-unwelcome guest. A poem should be motionless in time As the moon climbs, 6. Still I Rise Maya Angelou. Archibald MacLeish’s Other Poems.


Ars Poetica

Should the language of good poetry be clear and direct, requiring no interpretation, or remain mostly ambiguous and merely suggestive of srs particular meaning? MacLeish’s modern “Art of Poetry” is a fulfillment of the three rules of imagism be direct, be brief, and use free verseof Pound’s definition of the image, and at the same time of Horace’s Latin statement on poetry, that good poetry is one proof that there is a permanence in human experience that does not change but endures through time.


A poem should be equal to: One of the hardest things about studying Modern Poetry is that you can write a far more coherent and plausible account from what the poets said they were doing than from their poems. It is a work of the imagination; it discovers truth by presenting impressions and interpretations, not hard facts.

Ars Poetica – Poem by Archibald MacLeish

Lines compare the “motionless” poem by implication to universality, the property of a literary work that makes it relevant for people of all ages and cultures. But now the mother is gone, and the gloom of autumn suggested by the macleidh leaf has replaced the bright cheer of summer. The final paradox, that “A poem should not mean but be,” is pure impossibility, but the poet insists it is nevertheless valid, because beyond the meaning of any poem is the being that it points to, which is ageless and permanent, a divine essence or spiritual reality behind all appearances.

From toMacLeish worked as an editor at Fortune magazine.

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

The flow and style prolific and very creative, giving impact to each concept effortlessly. The poem, as “Ars Poetica” makes clear, captures a human experience, an experience of grief, or of love, or of loneliness, or of memory.

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