BY ARCHIBALD MACLEISH
As a globed fruit,
I want to discuss freedom.
1. “A poem should be wordless
As the flight of birds.”
Of course a poem contains words. Poem will be nothing without words. So I guess “wordless” in the content means that when people write poems, they should not restrict themselves in any topics. They should be free to write anything they want to, just like “the flight of birds”.
2. “A poem should be equal to:
“A poem should not mean
Nowadays, some exams require students to interpret the meaning of poems or articles. However, there are usually model answers in the exams. When students do not write the model answers, they will fail.
These two sentences make me think that there is no model answer of any meaning in poems. Readers should be free to interpret how they feel about the poems. It is a freedom of interpretation.
3. “A poem should be motionless in time
As the moon climbs.”
The fact that moon climbs is immortal. So does a poem when and only when people have freedom to explain poems in any way. Just imagine, if a poem has only one meaning, people will not discuss it and it will be forgotten some day. Therefore, poets should be free to write poems and readers should be free to explain poems. These two things make a poem a poem.