Archibald MacLeish
Glencoe, Illinois
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Ars Poetica

Rating: 3.5
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit

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
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Michael Walker 07 August 2019
'A poem should not mean/ But be'. I could not put it any better than that.
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James McNaney 22 February 2019
Impeccably brilliant.
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Dutendra Chamling 01 November 2015
...A poem should not mean But be... asks for other poet's ideology.
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Soumita Sarkar 09 September 2015
True following the lines of Formalism...a poem has its own soul...self...beginning..middle and has a life of its own laced with the qualities mentioned in this poem.....
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Souren Mondal 12 February 2016
What if someone writes a fragmented poem that has none of the formalist tendencies then? ?
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Cynthia Buhain-baello 15 January 2015
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.
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Kin Zweb 31 July 2012
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!
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Jessica Fay Harding 04 April 2010
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.
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Mackenzie Keane 04 March 2010
'a poem should not mean, but be' :)
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Jalisa Harbin 18 December 2007
how many lines is the poem composed of?
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