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Ars Poetica
Ars Poetica
by Archibald MacLeish

Tough-O-Meter

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(7) Snow Line

When poets talk about poetry, you know we can't expect a leisurely walk in the park. When you've got a poet like MacLeish who's known to rely on images rather than explanations, things can get a bit tricky. But once we give it some thought, "Ars Poetica" isn't impossible to decode, especially when we're given a green light to "be" rather than "mean."

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