Friday, April 18, 2008

POETRY FRIDAY: Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish

Here is some advice from Archibald MacLeish about what a poem should be.

Ars Poetica
By Archibald MacLeish
A poem should be palpable and mute
As a globed fruit,

As old medallions to the thumb,

Silent as the sleeve-worn stone
Of casement ledges where the moss has grown—

A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.

You can read the rest of the poem here.


At Wild Rose Reader, I have an interview with children’s poet Joyce Sidman.

The Poetry Friday Roundup is at The Well-Read Child.


tanita✿davis said...

Oh, I do love this poem -- would like to hear it recited aloud.

Elaine Magliaro said...


I love this poem, too--and it seems a perfect one to post during National Poetry Month.

Sarah Stevenson said...

I've always really liked this one. Thanks for reminding me! :)

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