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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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  • 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

  • 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

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