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 he brings himself to his feet, his voice strong and firm, J. As Sarah tries to understand that God has really taken her son, J. There is only earth and the man! Nickles is an old, has-been actor, now reduced to selling popcorn in a derelict circus. He published more than fifty books of poetry, drama, and essays, but he also accepted positions as the Librarian of Congress, Assistant Secretary of Stateand part of the U.

J.B.: A Play in Verse

Together they act as a Greek chorus, both mmacleish part in and commenting upon the action of the play, Zuss as orthodox believer and Nickles as rebellious cynic. I thought that the retelling of the Book of Job was dynamic and deeply moving. Ruth, the middle daughter of J. Zuss, astonished over what he has heard, repeats his theme that there is no peace except in obedience, J.


J.B. : a play in verse / by Archibald MacLeish – Details – Trove

The birds too are ignorant. You have your eyes and what your eyes see, is. Dec 17, Yourfiendmrjones rated it liked it Shelves: During the first part of the play, a huge circus tent covers the acting area. MacLeish had been earning his living as a poet arcnibald fifty years before this, his third verse play, was published.

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It is not until the last scene that the reader has any reason to see anything more promising in the play. Modern plays in verse can become a little pretentious at times, and thi Since I am teaching the Book of Job in my lit class, I re-read MacLeish’s wonderful play based on the biblical text.

The lights have gone out in the sky. The play ends with these key lines: There was a problem with your submission. This modern masterpiece has all the drama and poignancy of its Old Testament counterpart and it has somewhat a better ending and arxhibald to the question about why bad things happen to good folks.

The idea of the archbiald thing being a play, with J. In a world where blessings and sufferings can not be earned or deserved, people must love each other, or despair.


A form of self-edification, infatuation, lust and the epitome of hedonism. Dec 21, Julia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Macleissh Job’s a hard sell for high school kids so we rebelled and did The Taming of the Shrew instead. At Yale, however, he began writing poetry and fiction for the literary magazine, excelled in water polo and football, earned high grades, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honorary society.

He said that the playwright was not a solemn poet, and that much of the writing, particularly in the characters of God and Satan, was pungent and earthy. Some of the verse, he felt, was too compact for theater, and some of the scenes were begun in the middle.

It won MacLeish a third Pulitzer Prize. You are well formed. There are several parallels between the jg stories. You can learn more about this topic in the related articles below. We before you have heard this: I I’ve directed this play three times and read it about Bily is an instructor of writing and literature at Adrian College.