by Archibald MacLeish
Ars Poetica Art and Culture Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Line)
A poem should be equal to:
Not true. (17-18)
Everyone got that? Take out your graphing paper and slide rules, and make a note. Poetry does not equal truth, in the capital T, only-one-reality sense of the word "truth." Poetry is not supposed to describe reality, it's supposed to evoke it and inspire our own individualized reflections (truths, plural, and with a lower-case "t").