Archibald MacLeish

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

The End Of The World

Poem by Archibald MacLeish

Quite unexpectedly, as Vasserot
The armless ambidextrian was lighting
A match between his great and second toe,
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Comments about The End Of The World by Archibald MacLeish

  • JB Mulvey (5/7/2018 1:43:00 AM)

    A deceptively simple sonnet about the absurdity and futility of life lived with no hope of anything to come after it except the complete oblivion of death.(Report)Reply

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  • Robert Graber (3/27/2018 4:13:00 PM)

    Line 8 should should say the top instead of to top. Thanks!(Report)Reply

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  • Ernest Davis (7/8/2017 12:37:00 PM)

    In line 8, to top blew off should be the top blew off(Report)Reply

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  • David Staudacher (9/29/2016 6:40:00 PM)

    http: //www.loc.gov/item/95770413 - Here. Press Play. Poem starts at about 20: 05(Report)Reply

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  • Valerie DohrenValerie Dohren (12/17/2013 5:47:00 AM)

    Regardless of the typo, I love this - especially the second stanza. Cancelled skies - brilliant.(Report)Reply

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  • alan barlow (12/22/2011 6:04:00 AM)

    Two years later, the same poem has the same typo:

    'Quite unexpectedly to top blew off: '

    should be:

    'Quite unexpectedly the top blew off: '(Report)Reply

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  • alan barlow (9/13/2009 6:01:00 AM)

    The last line of the first verse should read
    '...the top blew off.'(Report)Reply

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