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The Writers Forum at SUNY Brockport

Archibald MacLeish -- Poet, Playwright

Host(s): Anthony Piccione and William Heyen

Tape order number: C-418

Visit Date: October 2, 1974

Length: 1 hour, 1 minute

Published as:

  • "The Shine of the World: A Conversation with Archibald MacLeish." William Heyen and Anthony Piccione, eds. Massachusetts Review 23.4 (Winter 1982): 681-704.

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.

Work(s) Read:

  • "Ars Poetica"
  • The Wild Old Wicked Men

If a civilization doesn't have its own poetry, it is a contradiction in terms; it can not be a civilization.

-- Archibald MacLeish

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