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Poetry Knowetry

Poetry Knowetry

Poetry

April is National Poetry Month. To kick things off, take this short quiz to test your “poetry-knowetry.” Match the line(s) of poetry with the poet.

1. Because I could not stop for Death,/He kindly stopped for me;
a) Christina Rossetti
b) Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
c) Emily Dickinson
d) Edgar Allan Poe

2. And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,/Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
a) Joan Didion
b) William Butler Yeats
c) Dante Alighieri
d) Mick Jagger

3. “Come in” she said,/”I’ll give you shelter from the storm.”
a) Bob Dylan
b) Dylan Thomas
c) Thomas Merton
d) Merton Hanks

4. I love you as certain dark things are to be loved, in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
a) Ezra Pound
b) Pablo Neruda
c) Robert Browning
d) Lord Byron

5. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—/I took the one less traveled by,/And that has made all the difference.
a) Walt Whitman
b) Alfred Lord Tennyson
c) Gerard Manly Hopkins
d) Robert Frost

6. Daddy, daddy, you bastard, I’m through.
a) Anne Sexton
b) Anne Lamott
c) Sylvia Plath
d) Anne Carson

7. Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?/Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
a) William Carlos Williams
b) William Blake
c) William Wordsworth
d) William Shakespeare

8. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
a) Elizabeth Barrett Browning
b) Elizabeth Bishop
c) Elizabeth Alexander
d) Alexander Pope

9. I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.
a) Jack Kerouac
b) Allen Ginsberg
c) Jack Foley
d) Jack Spicer

10. The caged bird sings with a fearful trill/Of things unknown but longed for still/And his tune is heard on the distant hill for/The caged bird sings of freedom.
a) Rita Dove
b) Ntozake Shange
c) Alice Walker
d) Maya Angelou

To find the correct answer, click on the links.

Your score:
9-10 You’re a poet/and you know it/and your feet show it/they’re Longfellows!
7-8 You make time to rhyme
5-6 Could be verse
3-4 You have miles to go before you sleep
0-2 I think that you shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree

David Isaacson
2 Comments
  • Diane

    A perfect 10!!? Thank you art school and Michael McClure, my english teacher for my poetry year. I had no idea all that stuff was still in my head. Sadly, there’s no ‘delete’ feature for the brain, so I really hope I have infinite storage space.

    04.04.11 at 9:52 AM