We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
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