J.B.: A Play in Verse by Archibald MacLeishAny man who undertakes to write verse for the stage must face, sooner or later, a problem which is none the less fundamental because it is technical. He must attempt to find a verse form capable of catching and carrying the rhythm of the spoken language of his time and place. He will not be relieved of his obligation by the fact that the attempt may seem, both to himself and to others, presumptuous and ill-advised. The fact that men whose names are unapproachable finalities have made similar attempts, and successful attempts, before him does not mean that his problem also has been solved. For the problem of form in dramatic verse, though once solved and even greatly solved, was never yet solved once for all. English blank verse is the great example. English blank verse as written by Marlowe and Shakespeare and Webster was, as nearly as any man can now judge, an admirable equivalent to the spoken language of the country and the period.
Search more than 3, biographies of contemporary and classic poets. Although he focused his studies on law, he also began writing poetry during this time. In he married Ada Hitchcock. At the onset of World War I, MacLeish volunteered as an ambulance driver, and later became a captain of field artillery. Upon returning home, he worked in Boston as a lawyer but found that the position distracted him from his poetry. He resigned in , on the day that he was promoted to partner in the firm.
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog. Skip to main content. Scope and Contents The Archibald MacLeish Collection consists of writings, correspondence, a scrapbook, and a handful of personal papers documenting aspects of the literary career of the Pulitizer Prize winning poet and dramatist. The papers span the dates The collection is arranged in three series; Writings , Correspondence , and Personal Papers , plus one box of Oversize material. Books , the largest subseries, is housed in Boxes and is subdivided into sections for Poetry, Plays, and Prose, each alphabetically arranged by title. Manuscript drafts exist for seven of the ten works of poetry found in the collection and documentation is generally better for later works than for earlier ones.
A poet, playwright, lawyer, and statesman, Archibald MacLeish's roots were firmly planted in both the new and the old worlds. His father, the son of a poor shopkeeper in Glasgow, Scotland, was born in —the year of Victoria's coronation as Queen of England—and ran away first to London and then, at the age of eighteen, to Chicago. MacLeish was born in Glencoe, Illinois, in , attended Hotchkiss School from to , and from to studied at Yale University, where he edited and wrote for the Yale Literary Magazine, contributed to the Yale Review, and composed Songs for a Summer's Day, a sonnet sequence that was chosen as the University's Prize Poem in MacLeish married Ada Hitchcock in Two years later he saw service in France and published his first collection of poems, Tower of Ivory. MacLeish viewed World War I as the ending of an old world and the beginning of a new one that was sensed rather than understood.
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Archibald MacLeish May 7, — April 20, was an American poet and writer who was associated with the modernist school of poetry. He enlisted in and saw action during the First World War and lived in Paris in the s. He was awarded three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. MacLeish was born in Glencoe, Illinois. He attended the Hotchkiss School from to