Signi Lenea Falk: On "End of the World"

The sense of alienation, of being unprotected by orthodox religion, a sense of lostness which preoccupies modern man is stated in the sonnet, "End of the World." It may be said to represent a theme not only of the 1920's but also of some of MacLeish's own writing in later decades. If there are no answers to the mysteries, if there is no defense in the elaborate rituals and disciplines of the church, man must rely on the gift of the divine within his own mind. Amos Wilder referred to "the tone of mock fantasy" with which the idea of a silent, indifferent. universe is projected in the image of a circus tent, an image that was later to provide the setting for J. B.


Title Signi Lenea Falk: On "End of the World" 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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