Archibald MacLeish

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

Ars Poetica


A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,061 Points 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

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  • Rookie - 12 Points Kin Zweb (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

  • Rookie Jessica Fay Harding (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

  • Rookie Mackenzie Keane (3/4/2010 4:52:00 PM)

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

  • Rookie Jalisa Harbin (12/18/2007 9:28:00 AM)

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

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