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Ars Poetica

Ars Poetica

by Archibald MacLeish

Ars Poetica: Name That Theme 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 not mean but be" is the speaker's opinion on the nature of


art and culture
mortality
immortality
time
Q. A poem being "wordless" best evokes the theme of


time
language and communication
versions of reality
spirituality
Q. A poem being "motionless in time" gives us a clear sense of the speaker's meditation on


society and class
versions of reality
truth
transformation
Q. That "globed fruit" captures the speaker's ideas about the way we should sense


time
art and culture
nature
femininity
Q. The speaker's ideas about memory and the mind are really examples of a person's


perseverance
mortality
suffering
versions of reality
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