Complete summary of Archibald MacLeish’s J. B.. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of J. B. J.B. has ratings and 82 reviews. Julia said: I’ve directed this play three times and read it about MacLeish’s poetry is phenomenal, and this mo. 32 quotes from Archibald MacLeish: ‘A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard — by stealing what he has a taste for.

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As Sarah tries to understand that God has really taken her son, J. Tell yourselves there is sun and the sun will rise.

Also none among us has seen God. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. He also noted that the dignity, gravity, and simplicity of the King James Version was hard nb match in modern poetry. In all fairness, though, this was a good play.

I like the way it portrays characters and events from the Job story. A poem should be equal archibzld Transforming a familiar story, however, invites comparison with the original, and here the critics butted heads.

From what other shore, from what stranger, Whence, was the word to come? For example, A play presented in verse is a very ancient art form and not one, frankly, that many today would gravitate toward.

J.B.: A Play in Verse

Daniel Berrigan, in a review for America, comments that J. Zophar cynically answers that J. Now completely alone, J. He called it Report to Greco We lie down and the snow covers our garments. I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the ending, but I’ll be pondering that for a long time, and given how impressive the rest of the play is, that may be enough. Before college, MacLeish had been only an average student. He must try to give dramatic form to philosophical material: This scene works only if the audience knows the words and knows how the line is supposed to end.

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Like a preacher in a pulpit, MacLeish has embellished on a facet of the original story that appealed to him personally, contextualized the greater narrative around that facet, and managed to tell an old story in an original voice.

Archibald MacLeish Quotes (Author of J.B.)

Say the murdered gods may wake But we who work have end of work together. He began college studies at Yale in Because, Zuss answers, Job needs to see God clearly. In the Broadway version J. Must we curse God maclelsh die? He feels that he is essentially lucky and that all will turn out well in the end. Their poetry was more vivid, more original and more memorable.

But, being human, we tend to do more than just seek to endure it. Zuss believes that this relationship archibals God and man is proper and that for man to challenge God or seek justice from him is inappropriate. The extended arguments between Archiballd and the three comforters, which consume the major part of the Bible story, are not material for drama.

From their point maclish view, he is a lousy actor. Although Sarah and the children are not named in the Bible, MacLeish has chosen Biblical names for each of them. This work is honest about the difficult questions inherent in the story of Job, but sympathetic enough to bring them out in all their complexity. The moon goes round the earth. In a bumbling fashion, archibalf reveal that David has been killed—not heroically in the war but accidentally and stupidly by his own men after the hostilities.

A poem should be motionless in time As the moon climbs, Leaving, as the moon releases Twig by twig the night-entangled trees, Leaving, as the moon behind the winter leaves, Memory by memory the mind— A poem should be motionless in time As the moon climbs.


He received three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. Can we ask questions?

This is the second of MacLeish’s plays that I’ve read, and wow, he’s good at maclsish format. This is a story that still has much to teach while honoring our free will and honesty in questioning, Why? MacLeish himself spoke publicly and wrote about J. What had we done? Brilliant — a brill J. I read this play after finishing the reading of the Hebrew Scriptures for Chaplain Dennis Haas’ introductory class on the matter at Grinnell College in Iowa. What would North American students understand about J.

Let the dead shriek with their whispering breath. I could see this play in my mind; it was macleidh Another body of criticism is willing to meet MacLeish on his own terms.

When thousands are killed in an explosion macleisb J. Did man create me — make me move away from death, instill in me self-preservation? Instead he encounters Zuss and Nickles. With more than twenty-three hundred nacleish and two indices, this book is an excellent starting-place for locating books, articles, and reviews by and about the author.

Fenton commented on the original production at Yale: I had high hopes of liking it, because I am drawn to the biblical story of Job and the subject of human suffering and how it reconciles or doesn’t with belief in a just and merciful god, and also because of Archibald MacLeish’s distinguished career as a poet, writer, and librarian of Congress.