Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • July 21

    Question:

    Which poet critic initially praised Hart Crane as "one of the small group of contemporary masters" in a review in Poetry Magazine , only to write of Crane in a later review, "the flaws in Mr. Crane's genius are, I believe, so great as to partake, if they persist, almost of the nature of public catastrophe"?

    Answer ->

    Yvor Winters. Crane blamed Winters' later review of his long poem "The Bridge," for the poem's lack of success. The two, who had been friends and correspondents, never spoke again.

  • July 20

    Question:

    What famous Southern novelist's first foray into the world of letters was a book of poems named after Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Marble Faun ?

    Answer ->

    William Faulkner

  • July 19

    Question:

    What two famous American Modernist poets were classmates and fencing opponents at the University of Pennsylvania?

    Answer ->

    William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound

  • July 18

    Question:

    What twentieth century American poet is famous for walking home two miles from work everyday, drawing inspiration for his poems from the walk?

    Answer ->

    Wallace Stevens. He never learned to drive.

  • July 17

    Question:

    What famous poem by John Keats did Wallace Stevens respond to in his poem "The Anecdote of the Jar"?

    Answer ->

    "Ode on a Grecian Urn."

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