from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • MacLeish, Archibald 1892-1982. American poet who served as Librarian of Congress (1939-1944) and assistant secretary of state (1944-1945). He won a Pulitzer Prize for Conquistador (1932), Collected Poems 1917-1952 (1952), and the verse play J.B. (1958).

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  • n. United States poet (1892-1982)


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  • I played the little kid in MacLeish's "J.B." when I was in seventh grade.

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  • One poet who had a responsible position in government was Archibald MacLeish, Librarian of Congress and later Assistant Secretary of State.

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  • MacLeish worked on intelligence issues in WWII and helped FDR draft speeches, for example.

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  • Of course, there's also the wonderful poetic tradition of resistance, that poetry's purpose is to be purposeless: "not mean/But be" as MacLeish wrote; "Poetry makes nothing happen," Auden.

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  • It's all a far cry from the Fortune that Karabell invokes in his ode to Luce, the one that not only employed Galbraith, but James Agee and Archibald MacLeish and other literary luminaries.

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  • Poets themselves have weighed in on the question: Archibald MacLeish thought Mr. Dylan a "serious poet," while Philip Larkin in his music-critic mode had some qualified praise for the 1965 album "Highway 61 Revisited."

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  • Corso found the academic life so appealing that when he made friends with the Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Archibald MacLeish, he began to toy with the idea of becoming a professor himself.

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  • Since his days in Cambridge where he had associated with key writers like Archibald MacLeish, Gregory had wanted to break into the academy and Jarrell seemed to be offering a golden opportunity to do just that.

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  • PS: After the link, You, Andrew Marvell, by Archibald MacLeish follows, as it should.

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  • “The Assistant Secretary of State (MacLeish) to the Secretary of State,” “Interpretation of Japanese Unconditional Surrender,” July 6, 1945, Top Secret, in FRUS: Conference of Berlin (Potsdam), vol. 1, p.

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