A Poem should be palpable and mute As a globed fruit.
1926 'Ars Poetica'.
To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold--brothers who know now they are truly brothers.Archibald MacLeish
We have learned the answers, all the answers: It is the question that we do not know. 535Archibald MacLeish
If the poem can be improved by its author's explanations, it should never have been published.Archibald MacLeish
Keepers of books, keepers of print and paper on the shelves, librarians are keepers also of the records of the human spiritthe records of men's watch upon the world and on themselves.Archibald MacLeish
The dissenter is every human being at those moments in his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.Archibald MacLeish
Anything can make us look, onlyart can make us see.Archibald MacLeish
History, like a badly constructed concert hall, has occasional dead spots where the music can't be heard.Archibald MacLeish
Wildness and silence disappeared fromthe countryside, sweetness fell from the air, not because anyone wished them to vanish or fall but because throughways had to floor the meadows with cement to carry the automobiles which advancing technology produced.Archibald MacLeish
To see the earth as we now see it, small and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in theunending nightbrothers who see now theyare truly brothers.Archibald MacLeish
The business of the law istomake 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
Poets?are literal-minded menwho will squeeze a word till it hurts.Archibald MacLeish
We are great as our belief in human libertyno greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.Archibald MacLeish
Poetry is the art of understanding what it is to be alive.Archibald MacLeish
If the art of poetry is?the art of making sense of the chaos of human experience, it's not a bad thing to see a lot of chaos.Archibald MacLeish
Mr Morgan struck me as a healthy and childish Britisher probably inhabiting the early19th century.Archibald MacLeish
The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.Archibald MacLeish
What is more important in a library than anything else — is the fact that it exists.Archibald MacLeish
We are as great as our belief in human liberty — no greater. And our belief in human liberty is only ours when it is larger than ourselves.Archibald MacLeish
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.Archibald MacLeish
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