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Poetry Quiz

Date Posted: 03-10-2014 10:33:54

By Ana Sampson, author of the poetry anthologies I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, Tyger Tyger Burning Bright, Poems to Learn by Heart and Green and Pleasant Land.


1. Which much-loved poem was inspired by the disastrous ‘Jameson Raid’ that contributed to the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899?


A: The Battle-Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe

B: If– by Rudyard Kipling

C: In Time of ‘The Breaking of Nations’ by Thomas Hardy

D: For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon


2.  From which poem are these famous lines taken: ‘Their’s not to reason why, / Their’s but to do and die’?


A: Elegy Written in a Country Church Yard by Thomas Gray

B: O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman

C: Vitaï Lampada by Henry Newbolt

D: The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson


3.  Which of these poets turned down the position of Laureate?


A: Thomas Gray

B: William Wordsworth

C: Alfred Lord Tennyson

D: John Masefield


4.  Which poet was so scatterbrained that his wife Frances occasionally had to redirect him by telegram when he misjudged public transport and arrived at the wrong town?


A: Robert Louis Stevenson

B: G. K. Chesterton

C: T. S. Eliot

D: Dylan Thomas


5.  Which poet was tried for sedition after a spat with a soldier?


A: W. B. Yeats

B: Christopher Marlowe

C: William Blake

D: Ben Jonson


6.  Which month links the General Prologue to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and Robert Browning’s Home-Thoughts, from Abroad?


A: May

B: April

C: November

D: August


7. Which poem includes these famous lines: ‘One may lead a horse to water, / Twenty cannot make him drink’?


A: Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti

B: The Song of Hiawatha by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

C: The Deserted Village by Oliver Goldsmith

D: Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost


8.  Which poet did W. B. Yeats describe as ‘the most handsome young man in England’?


A: Siegfried Sassoon

B: Wilfred Owen

C: Rupert Brooke

D: Edward Thomas


9.  To which poet is Shelley’s Adonais a tribute?


A: George Gordon, Lord Byron

B: Leigh Hunt

C: Charles Lamb

D: John Keats


10.  Which poet was described as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’?


A: Percy Bysshe Shelley

B: Christopher Marlowe

C: George Gordon, Lord Byron

D: William Blake


Compete Ana's quiz and send it to info@poetryrivals.com and you could win all four copies of Ana's poetry anthologies!

Winner announced on our blog Friday 17th October 2014.

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