Signi Lenea Falk: On "Ars Poetica"

"Ars Poetica" has been called MacLeish's ultimate expression of the art-for-art's-sake tenet. Taken as one statement of his theory, the poem does defy the "hair splitting analysis of modern criticism." Written in three units of double-line stanzas and in rhyme, it makes the point that a poem is an intimation rather than a full statement, that it should "be motionless in time"; that it has no relation to generalities of truth, historical fact, or love-variations, perhaps, of truth, beauty, and goodness.


Title Signi Lenea Falk: On "Ars Poetica" Type of Content Criticism
Criticism Author Signi Lenea Falk Criticism Target Archibald MacLeish
Criticism Type Poet Originally Posted 01 Jun 2020
Publication Status Excerpted Criticism Publication Archibald MacLeish
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