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Analysis and comments on Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish

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Comment 7 of 67, added on March 2nd, 2010 at 1:56 PM.

What are some distinctive features of Macleish's that make his poerty stand
out. I need to know fast because i have to write a paper on that

Jesse from United States
Comment 6 of 67, added on November 29th, 2008 at 4:59 PM.

I need to know\ discuse the character in this poem? quikley pleas

shakira from Saudi Arabia
Comment 5 of 67, added on April 20th, 2008 at 4:06 PM.

MacLeish says that the poem should express its meaning implicitly rather
than putting it in explicit sentences. The essence of the poem lies in the
imagery it uses. For instance, he says, "grief" can be depicted by images
of 'empty doorway' or 'maple leaf'.

Also the essence should not fade away with the passage of time i.e. the
central idea of the poem should be relevant forever.

The beauty of the poem is that all what is described as 'the art of
poetry' is very effectively implemented in the poem itself.

Ars poetica contains many similes and images that contribute to its

Himanshu from India
Comment 4 of 67, added on May 14th, 2007 at 9:43 PM.

Poetry is a simple way of expression because it is motionless and it leaves
all description in memory. A poem does not need to be true bit it can be
about anything need to be and that poetry is a work of art.

John from United States
Comment 3 of 67, added on April 10th, 2006 at 8:41 PM.

Archibald is being paradoxical...if you know what that means

puffpimpin from Canada
Comment 2 of 67, added on March 19th, 2006 at 9:19 AM.

I second that!

alpal from United States
Comment 1 of 67, added on February 6th, 2006 at 6:08 PM.

3275 views and no comments. That tells us something. My own feeling is
that MacLeish's poem has been vastly oversold; and it has been responsible
for a ton of bad poetry of the McPoem variety. In my essay "The Plight of
Poetry" (find it in google) I'm pretty rough on Archibald, even throwing up
my own Ars Poetica as a better model to follow. Now, when I'm in a sour
mood from reading boring poetry, I try to compose what I call the

a poem should electrocute
and be hairy like a kiwi fruit...

Yes, that's more like it.

Bruce Deitrick Price from United States

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Poet: Archibald MacLeish
Poem: Ars Poetica
Added: Feb 20 2003
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