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Ars Poetica Analysis

Author: poem of Archibald MacLeish Type: poem Views: 112

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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.


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 all the history of grief

An empty doorway and a maple leaf.

For love

The leaning grasses and two lights above the sea--

A poem should not mean

But be.


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i have an advanced degree, and I still don't get this. I feel like the emperor is naked here and I'm the only one willing to say it.
Either that or it's the origins of common core's writing style.

| Posted on 2016-05-22 | by a guest

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This is sparta xD
This is what Archibald Macleish is trying to convey !

| Posted on 2013-08-06 | by a guest

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The post says that a poem should not vanish; if fact, it should be like the moon that is shown all the time and never disappear.And a good poem should not be understood in all parts. Just like moon above the twigs of a tree can not be completely visible below a tree. Beside, the a good poem should be unforgettable for the reader; that is. it must be mixer melt inside the mind like memories. THAT IS MY SUPPOSITION;

| Posted on 2011-12-30 | by a guest

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Khelellaine Mohammed: The stanza in this poem, means that a poem should be alive throughout time. The poet uses motionless in time as the moon climbes, if we carefully analayse this verse, we are going to detect a sort of paradox, for he resembels a the poem, as a fixed and firmed thing to another thing moving, which the moon. that is to say, the moon always exists and climbes in the sky when it shows up.all in all, he insinuates that a poem should be immotal if i may say so

| Posted on 2011-03-30 | by a guest

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\"Ars poetica\" by MacLeish is somewhat describing a poem and love.trying to connect the two into one meaning.

| Posted on 2010-09-02 | by a guest

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\"Ars poetica\" by MacLeish is somewhat describing a poem and love.trying to connect the two into one meaning.

| Posted on 2010-09-02 | by a guest

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I personally feel like this poem embodies the free spirt of peotry, and that it is much more simple to write a peom, than most people think.

| Posted on 2010-08-24 | by a guest

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What Macleish is trying to apply in the first stanza a poem should be palpable and mute like a globed fruit it means that a poem should be universal.

| Posted on 2010-06-30 | by a guest

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MacLeish suggests that the existence of a poem is prior to the meaning that may be ascribed to it. Cliches are just well-worn metaphors that become images of thought: Poetry injects life into stale metaphors as a disruption to reveal the extraordinary in the ordinary.

| Posted on 2010-05-20 | by a guest

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MacLeish suggests, through this poem, that poetry is much more simple than it's thought to be. He explains how a poem should be just as "palpable and mute" as fruit. He also says poetry should be wordless, and that the "ars poetica," or, nature of poetry, is dumb and silent.
MacLeish also posits that poetry is something no more interesting than a regular object of reality, and that it is more of an image to be witnessed than an object of interpretation for a project. During the entire second and first stanzas, he compares what poetry should be to regular objects and actions, also implying that poetry stands as more of a modification of reality, not an extravagant distortion of it.

| Posted on 2010-03-21 | by a guest

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MacLeish says that the poem should express its meaning implicitly rather than putting it in explicit sentences. The essence of the poem lies in the imagery it uses. For instance, he says, "grief" can be depicted by images of 'empty doorway' or 'maple leaf'.
Also the essence should not fade away with the passage of time i.e. the central idea of the poem should be relevant forever.
The beauty of the poem is that all what is described as 'the art of poetry' is very effectively implemented in the poem itself.
Ars poetica contains many similes and images that contribute to its essence.

| Posted on 2008-04-20 | by a guest

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