He did try very hard, but missed the mark. There is one poem by him that I like: Colloquy For The States
It's rather clever and interesting.
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"I used to run into students who thought impulse meant idea: You got an idea and somehow you made a poem of it. A poem made out of an idea could run on forever. No single breath there. Impulse as one finds it in this art—maybe in all art—is a glimpse. Of a relationship, a possible relationship—Baudelaire’s analogie universelle. The impulse, the urge, the emotion, begins in that cloudy glimpse, and the whole labor of art is to create the form which will contain the relationship—turn glimpse into image. But in such a way that the poem—if you are lucky, if there is a poem at the end—will carry not only the image but the impulse which produced it, that single breath—its own."
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Carrol Cox <[log in to unmask]
It might be helpful if you were to quote a MacLeish poem or stanza that illustrates such emulation and that in and of itself is also worth remembering and rereading.
Some 67 years ago I spent a few months focusing on MacLeish -- I doubt there's much there worth rereading. I own the Collected Poems (of that date), but I haven't opened the book (or been tempted to open it) in all those years. He tried hard -- but he's a yawn.
(He did help get Pound out of St. Elizabeth's.)