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Archibald MacLeish
(1892-1982) born on
May 07
US poet, playwright, teacher, public official. His concern for liberal democracy figured in much of his work, although his most memorable lyrics are of a more private nature.
         
   
F
A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off.

R
We have learned the answers, all the answers:
It is the question that we do not know.
A
A poem should not mean
But be.
N
It is not in the world of ideas that life is lived. Life is lived for better or worse in life, and to a man in life, his life can be no more absurd than it can be the opposite of absurd, whatever that opposite may be.
K
Poets. . . are literal-minded men who will squeeze a word till it hurts.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "A Continuing Journey, Essays and Addresses," 1968.
R: "The Hamlet of A. Macleish."
A: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
N: In "Rockefeller University Forum," "Heaven and Earth and the Cage of Form," Jan.-Feb. 1968.
K: "Apologia," in "Harvard Law Review," (Cambridge), Jun 1972; repr. in "Riders on Earth" as "Art and Law," 1978.
   


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