Archibald MacLeish

(7 May 1892 – 20 April 1982 / Glencoe, Illinois)

Ars Poetica - Poem by Archibald MacLeish

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit

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Comments about Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish

  • Dutendra Chamling (11/1/2015 3:31:00 AM)


    ...A poem should not mean
    But be...

    asks for other poet's ideology.
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  • Soumita Sarkar (9/9/2015 1:14:00 AM)


    True following the lines of Formalism...a poem has its own soul...self...beginning..middle and end.....it has a life of its own laced with the qualities mentioned in this poem..... (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (2/12/2016 9:42:00 AM)

    What if someone writes a fragmented poem that has none of the formalist tendencies then? ?

  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (1/15/2015 5:10:00 AM)


    The flow and style prolific and very creative, giving impact to each concept effortlessly. This poem was one of the many I kept in memory for its meaning and message. (Report) Reply

  • (7/31/2012 12:11:00 AM)


    He all-time best poem ever written. The epitome of Imagist verse. Contains seven vignettes unparalleled in succinctness of expression. The reader must, of course, 'flesh out' the bare bones MacLeish lays out, but what a pleasure to reread, from the opening lines! (Report) Reply

  • (4/4/2010 12:09:00 PM)


    I love this poem! It's one of my favourite ones that embodies the free spirit of poetry and how this freedom is ruined by scrupulous examination of its' verses. (Report) Reply

  • (3/4/2010 4:52:00 PM)


    'a poem should not mean, but be' :) (Report) Reply

  • (12/18/2007 9:28:00 AM)


    how many lines is the poem composed of? (Report) Reply








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