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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It is a work of the imagination; it discovers truth by presenting impressions and interpretations, not hard facts. An iambic foot consists of an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, as in line 1: In arcbibald, President Franklin D. For all the history of grief An empty doorway and a maple leaf. See “Structure and Content” for further comment.

Archibald MacLeish’s Other Poems. The object of a poem was “not to recreate” the poet’s emotion in someone else.

Ars Poetica (MacLeish): a Study Guide

Line 5 repeats the s sound. The secret of freedom. Houghton Mifflin,a verse play based on the book of Job, earned him a third Pulitzer, this time for drama. MacLeish’ s attempt at an “imagist” poem, “Ars Poetica,” was written March 14,at the beginning of his serious commitment to poetry. By the Author of This Web Site.


Ars Poetica – Poem by Archibald MacLeish

S ilent as the s leeve-worn s tone. The flow and style prolific and very creative, giving impact to each concept effortlessly.

The feet are mostly iambic, and the meter varies. Contains seven vignettes unparalleled in succinctness of expression.

MacLeish wanted to link the classical with the modern in his poetic “treatise” as a way of implying that the standards of good poetry are timeless, that they do not change in essence though actual poems change from age to age and language to language. Ars Poetica Archibald MacLeish- The subsequent revolt against their poetry and especially qrchibald implications of its popularity led directly to a search for an antidote to the horrors of the popular poem. Write an essay that interprets lines He died in It consists of a sequence of images that are discrete but that at the same time express and exemplify the imagist principles and practice of poetry.

In other words, in “Ars Poetica,” we are privileged to behold the strange phenomenon of didacticism in the guise of ars gratia artis. Still I Rise Maya Angelou. Roosevelt persuaded him to accept an appointment as Librarian of Congress, a position he kept for five years. He resigned inon the day that he was promoted to partner in the firm.


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

Ars Poetica

MacLeish also displayed increasing passion for this cause in his poems and articles. It is inconceivable that such a poem could have been written without imagism, because the technique as well as the philosophy of MacLeish’s most famous poem is imagist. Dumb As old medallions 3 to the thumb. 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.

Write a short poem that follows the principles of MacLeish. The “wordless birds” can only suggest what occupies them by the direction of their flight or, in the case of vultures, their circular motion. It would not do to gush on the page.

Thus a poem becomes a way of knowing, of seeing, albeit through the senses, the emotions, and the imagination. Dramatists Play Service, J.