“Ars Poetica” has been called MacLeish’s ultimate expression of the Archibald MacLeish, who like Cummings arrived on the poetic scene after the first. Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish. Ars Poetica Learning Guide by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley. Brief summary of the poem Ars Poetica. Ars Poetica. by Archibald MacLeish. Home /; Poetry /; Ars Poetica /; Summary. Ars Poetica /; Summary. SHMOOP.

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David Kelly is an instructor of creative writing at several community colleges in Illinois, as well as a fiction writer and playwright.

Societies that have only valued the things that youth have to offer have always been brief. The poem itself is finality, an poeticaa, a creation.

This attitude seems to work well for school bullies, who may not be able to keep up with assignments and so do their best to belittle intelligence. They also had the strain of making art that was newer than the ideas that were new yesterday and had already been made newer that morning.

On “Ars Poetica”

The feet are mostly iambic, and the meter varies. Obviously, climbing indicates motion. There have been several different interpretations of this section. Dramatists Play Service, J. Create new account Request new password. To create an order which a bewildered, angry heart can recognize.

Ars Poetica

An American Life, Scott Donaldson detailed how this successful attorney decided to leave behind a lucrative law career to join American expatriates on the Left Bank in Paris in the early s. MacLeish received his first Pulitzer Prize infour years after he and his family had returned to the United States.


Some critics consider the post-World War I period, when MacLeish lived as an expatriate in France along with hundreds of other aspiring artists, to be the only poetifa of his life when he produced poems worth critical analysis, even though he continued to write for more than forty years after returning to America.

Line 12 compares night to an object that can snare or capture. Since words are themselves marks on paper or, if spoken, patterns of vibration and not the actual objects and actions they represent, this description appears to ask poetry to do the impossible.

MacLeish divides the poem into three eight-line sections, each explaining what a poem “should be. Harcourt Brace and Co.

In using the image of a thumb reading old medallions, MacLeish implies that the poet cannot count on readers to understand abstract significance because meanings fade, just like an imprint pressed into metal wears down, and readers are often as insensitive as a thumb. Among other writers, he was fascinated by T.

At the onset of World War I, MacLeish volunteered as an pooetica driver, and later became a captain of field artillery.

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Thus a poem becomes a way of knowing, of seeing, albeit through the senses, the emotions, and the imagination. Outlined here are four important aspects of the modernist aesthetic.


After briefly attempting a turkey-farming venture srs Conway, Massachusetts, MacLeish accepted an editorial position with Henry R.

To express this concept, MacLeish uses the image of the moon:. University of Minnesota Press, Upon returning home, he worked in Boston as a lawyer but found that the position distracted him from his poetry.

MacLeish, however, suggests that there can be no understanding of them, just experience of them. This is the central paradox of “Ars Poetica. MacLeish seems to be saying that a poem should not crassly announce what it is about. Like the imperceptible, incremental movement of the rising moon, so should a poem move readers. Following the war, MacLeish returned to Yale and completed his law degree as class valedictorian. Age, I would guess, in both senses of the word: Every outbreak of violence shatters faith and leaves affected populations open to the question of whether or not we can handle things a little better in the future.

A climbing moon appears motionless when it is observed at any given moment. The object of a poem was “not to recreate” the poet’s emotion in someone else.