Host(s): Anthony Piccione and William Heyen
Tape order number: C-418
Visit Date: October 2, 1974
Length: 1 hour, 1 minute
Brief Summary: Archibald MacLeish reads "Ars Poetica" and discusses the life experiences and lessons which brought him to compose this master-piece. He discusses both his notion of what poetry is and those poets from which he drew portions of his style. MacLeish attributes his full and happy life to his ability to see the "shine of the world", as they discuss his transcendence over the depths he explores in his poetry.
If a civilization doesn't have its own poetry, it is a contradiction in terms; it can not be a civilization.
-- Archibald MacLeish