Ars Poetica Themes
Little Words, Big Ideas
Art and Culture
Of course "Ars Poetica" (Art of Poetry) is about art. What were you expecting it to be about? The life cycle of the mealworm? But it's also about how to experience art and, in some ways, life in ge...
Versions of Reality
It's a modern poem, so you know "Ars Poetica" is likely going to delve into the tricky world of reality and our frequent, but futile, attempts to define the world around us. And yet, MacLeish keeps...
Language and Communication
Even though a poem should be "wordless," according to our speaker, "Ars Poetica" still has words in it. (We went back and checked, just to be sure.) And since the speaker is talking about poetry an...
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