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Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica


by Archibald MacLeish

Ars Poetica: Finish That Thought True or False

1. A poem should be palpable and mute -> as a globed fruit
2. A poem should be motionless in time -> until it's time for dinner
3. A poem should be equal to: -> Not true
4. For all the history of grief -> An empty doorway and a maple leaf
5. A poem should not mean -> anything