POETRY TRIVIA

1) What poet wrote the following lines?

FROM fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die.

Choose Your Answer: A: Percy Bysshe Shelley, B: Lord Byron, C: William Shakespeare, D: Geoffrey Chaucer

2) What poet coined the term "Beat" movement?

Choose Your Answer: A: Allen Ginsberg, B: Lawrence Ferlinghetti, C: Jack Kerouac, D: J.D. Salinger

3) Who was the first poet laureate of England?

Choose Your Answer: A: Thomas Shadwell, B: Ben Jonson, C: William Wordsworth, D: William Shakespeare

4) What poet wrote the following lines in the poem "Waste Land"?

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memor and Desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.

Choose Your Answer: A: Walt Whitman, B: Emily Dickinson, C: T.S. Eliot, D: Christopher Cranch

5) Which of the following playwrights wrote his plays in verse in an attempt to return tragic poetry to the American stage?

Choose Your answer: A: Maxwell Anderson, B: William Inge, C: Lanford Wilson, D: William Vaughn Moody

6) Who wrote the following poem entitled "Question [1]"?

WHEN the old junk man Death
Comes to gather up our bodies
And toss them into the sack of oblivion,
I wonder if he will find
The corpse of a white multi-millionaire
Worth more pennies of eternity,
Than the black torso of
A Negro cotton-picker?

Choose Your Answer: A: Claude McKay, B: Langston Hughes, C: Ntozake Shange, D: George Moses Horton

7) What famous poem begins with the following line?

"Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary..."

Choose Your Answer: A: "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe, B: "Paul Revere's Ride" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, C: "The Dance of the Dead" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, D: "The Ghost" by Charles Baudelaire

8) Who was the first poet to win the Nobel Prize in Literature?

Choose Your Answer: A: William Butler Yeats, B: Rabindranath Tagore, C: Sully Prudhomme, D: T.S. Eliot

9) Which of the following was NOT considered a Harlem Renaissance poet?

Choose Your Answer: A: Langston Hughes, B: Claude McKay, C: James Weldon Johnson, D: Archibald Lampman

10) Which of the ancient Greek dramatists is generally considered to have been the greatest in terms of the poetic value of his plays?

Choose Your Answer: A: Aeschylus, B: Sophocles, C: Euripides, D: Aristophanes

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