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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
never
always
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
C
125
you
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


anything
more work
But be
a maple leaf
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