Know the World

(1981)

"Know the World" is the second movement in Miriam Gideon's song cycle Spirit Above the Dust.

Theory of Poetry
by Archibald MacLeish


Know the world by heart
Or never know it!
Let the pedant stand apart-
Nothing he can name will show it:
Also him of intellectual art.
None know it
Till they know the world by heart.
Take heart then, poet!


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