Collected Poems, 1917-1982

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1985 - Poetry - 524 pages
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This expanded volume of the distinguished poet's work contains 29 previously uncollected poems, some that had been published, and some found in manuscript after MacLeish's death in 1982. This is the definitive volume produced by a life that filled several careers as writer, teacher, and public servant, but was devoted above all to poetry.
 

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I found this site looking for Songs for Eve. I was delighted to find it but disappointed that there were several pages missing from the poem. Parts 8 and 9 were completely missing and most of part 27. But most tragic of all was the missing part 28. Without it the poem is left hanging without a finish, not at all as MacLeish intended. 

Contents

Night Watch in the City of Boston
3
A Good Man in a Bad Time
9
Hands
15
THREE PHOTOGRAPHS
21
from TOWER OF IVORY 1917
39
THE POT OF EARTH 1925
59
from STREETS IN THE MOON 1926
79
THE HAMLET OF A MACLEISH 1928
111
What Eve Said
438
What Adam Said
439
Eves Exile
440
Eve Answers the Burdock
441
The Fall
442
Adam in the Evening
443
Eves Child
444
Eves Answer
445

EINSTEIN J929
137
from NEW FOUND LAND 1930
145
CONQUISTADOR 1932
169
from FRESCOES FOR MR ROCKEFELLERS CITY 1933
263
ELPENOR1933
275
from POEMS 19241933
281
from PUBLIC SPEECH 1936
301
AMERICA WAS PROMISES 1939
323
COLLOQUY FOR THE STATES 1943
335
ACTFIVE 1948
341
from ACTFIVE AND OTHER POEMS 1948
363
LATER POEMS 19511962
387
Out of Sleep Awakened
389
The Two Priests
402
The Infinite Reason
417
The Wood Dove at Sandy Spring
424
For the Anniversary of My Mothers Death 42 5
425
Poetical Remains
426
Poet
427
Ships Log
428
Ship of Fools
429
Reasons for Music
431
At the Lincoln Memorial
432
SONGS FOR EVE 1 What Eve Sang
437
Adams Riddle
446
Eves Riddle
447
Eves Rebuke to Her Child
448
What the Serpent Said to Adam
449
What the Lion Said to the Child
450
The Serpents Cradle Song
451
Eve to the Storm of Thunder
452
Eve Old
453
Eves First Prophecy
454
Eves Second Prophecy
455
What the Water Replied
457
THE WILD OLD WICKED MAN AND OTHER
461
Black Humor
467
Survivor
473
Where a Poets From
479
April in November
485
Late Abed
491
Prefatory Note by Richard B McAdoo
497
Birth of Eventually Venus
503
Old Age
509
Old Photograph
515
Return to the Island
521
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About the author (1985)

Archibald MacLeish was born in Glencoe, Illinois in 1892. He attended Yale University and served in World War I. Later, he went to Harvard Law School and practiced law in Boston for a few years until he gave it up and moved to Paris with his wife and children to devote all his time to writing poetry. He returned to the United States to research the Spanish conquest of Mexico, and the result, CONQUISTADOR (1932), won him a Pulitzer Prize. From 1920-1939, he was a member of the editorial board of FORTUNE magazine and he served as Librarian of Congress from 1929 to 1944. MacLeish's COLLECTED POEMS (1952) won a Pulitzer Prize and his poetic drama, J.B. based on the Book of Job, was a Broadway success in 1957.

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