Archibald MacLeish

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

Archibald MacLeish Poems

1. A Poet Speaks from the Visitors' Gallery 6/22/2015
2. An Eternity 1/3/2003
3. Ancestral 4/7/2010
4. Ars Poetica 1/3/2003
5. Autumn 4/7/2010
6. Baccalaureate 1/3/2003
7. Before March 4/7/2010
8. Broken Promise 4/7/2010
9. De Votre Bonheur Il Ne Reste Que Vos Photos Sipsce… 4/7/2010
10. Definition Of The Frontiers 4/7/2010
11. Dr. Sigmund Freud Discovers The Sea Shell 1/3/2003
12. Hurricane 12/12/2015
13. Hypocrite Auteur 4/7/2010
14. Imagery 11/26/2015
15. Immortal Autumn 4/7/2010
16. Invocation To The Social Muse 4/7/2010
17. L'An Trentiesme De Mon Eage 4/7/2010
18. Liberty 4/7/2010
19. Lines For A Prologue 4/7/2010
20. Nocturne 4/7/2010
21. Not Marble Nor The Gilded Monuments 4/7/2010
22. Poem In Prose 1/3/2003
23. Seafarer 2/7/2014
24. The End Of The World 1/3/2003
25. The Night Dream 4/7/2010
26. The Old Men In The Leaf Smoke 4/7/2010
27. The Rock In The Sea 4/7/2010
28. The Sheep In The Ruins 4/7/2010
29. The Silent Slain 4/7/2010
30. The Snowflake Which Is Now And Hence Forever 1/3/2003
31. The Too-Late Born 1/3/2003
32. The Young Dead Soldiers Do Not Speak 4/7/2010
33. Two Poems From The War 1/3/2003
34. Unfinished History 4/7/2010
35. Voyage 4/7/2010
36. Way-Station 4/7/2010
37. You, Andrew Marvell 1/3/2003

Comments about Archibald MacLeish

  • Miguel Pla (12/8/2018 7:49:00 AM)

    Dear Caroline Mintzer
    Stephen Colbert was quoting from Macleish's J.B: a Play in Verse:
    I heard upon his dry dung heap
    That man cry out who cannot sleep:
    ‘If God is God He is not good,
    If God is good He is not God;
    Take the even, take the odd,
    I would not sleep here if I could
    Except for the little green leaves in the wood
    And the wind on the water.’

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  • Caroline Mintzer (12/2/2018 5:45:00 PM)

    Stephen Colbert quoted Macleish recently - recall it was about Job and one of the last lines was having to do with the beauty of the wind on the water. Can you find that poem for me?

  • James A. Legel (6/18/2016 10:49:00 AM)

    A lot of what A.M. said was not just Poems but Intellectual Quotations... HE WAS A.O.K. !

  • Ahme Ahmed (11/7/2008 10:36:00 AM)

    please i want Archibald MacLeish ars poetica analysis please

Best Poem of Archibald MacLeish

Ars Poetica

A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit

Dumb
As old medallions to the thumb

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown -

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs

Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees,

Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves,
Memory by memory the mind -

A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs

A poem should be equal to:
Not true

For...

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You, Andrew Marvell

And here face down beneath the sun
And here upon earth's noonward height
To feel the always coming on
The always rising of the night:

To feel creep up the curving east
The earthy chill of dusk and slow
Upon those under lands the vast
And ever climbing shadow grow

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