First, closely read Archibald MacLeish’s “Ars Poetica” on page 885 in The Norton Anthology of Poetry.  Explain what you think the poet is getting at regarding what poetry “should be;”


choose either “The Red Wheelbarrow” or “Poem” and explain how William Carlos Williams complies (or does not comply) with MacLeish’s criteria.  What does your chosen poem do for you?

Be specific and feel free to use any poetry terms you are familiar with.

If you choose, you may reply to an already posted comment with an equally sophisticated response in lieu of responding to the above prompt.

Your comments are due before lesson three (yes, there are instructor points attached to this assignment).  I look forward to reading your comments.