Archibald MacLeish was an American poet, writer, and the Librarian of Congress. He is associated with the Modernist school of poetry. He received three Pulitzer Prizes for his work.
MacLeish was born in Glencoe, Illinois. His father, Scottish-born Andrew MacLeish, worked as a dry goods merchant. His mother, Martha (née Hillard), was a college professor and had served as president of Rockford College. He grew up on an estate bordering Lake Michigan. He attended the Hotchkiss School from 1907 to 1911 before entering Yale University, where he majored in English, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was selected for the Skull and Bones society. He then ... more »
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- Ars Poetica
- The End of the World
- An Eternity
- You, Andrew Marvell
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- Poem in Prose
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- The Too-Late Born
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- Broken Promise
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''America is promises toArchibald MacLeish (1892-1982), U.S. poet. "America Was Promises," (1940).
America is promises to
To take them
With love but
''Poets ... are literal-minded men who will squeeze a word till it hurts.''Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), U.S. poet. repr. As "Art and Law" in Riders on Earth (1978). "Apologia," Harvard Law Review (Cambridge, June 1972).
''The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human lifeto reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity.''Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), U.S. poet. repr. As "Art and Law" in Riders on Earth (1978). "Apologia," Harvard Law Review (Cambridge, June 1972).
''A poem should be equal to:Archibald MacLeish (1892-1982), U.S. poet. Ars Poetica (l. 17-20). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford ...
For all the history of grief
An empty doorway and a maple leaf.''
''A poem should be palpable and muteArchibald MacLeish (1892-1982), U.S. poet. Ars Poetica (l. 1-4). . . New Oxford Book of American Verse, The. Richard Ellmann, ed. (1976) Oxford Un...
As a globed fruit,
As old medallions to the thumb,''
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