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Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica


by Archibald MacLeish

Ars Poetica: Finish That Thought Quiz

Think you’ve got your head wrapped around Ars Poetica? Put your knowledge to the test. Good luck — the Stickman is counting on you!
Q. A poem should be palpable and mute

as a globed fruit
as the sea
Q. A poem should be motionless in time

as a globed fruit
until it's time for dinner
as the moon climbs
until it has to move
Q. A poem should be equal to:

Not true
Q. For all the history of grief

Is unchanged
An empty doorway and a maple leaf
Reflects the sun
Is easy to forget
Q. A poem should not mean

more work
But be
a maple leaf