Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • January 18

    Question:

    What American poet had a vision of William Blake?

    Answer ->

    Allen Ginsberg. Ginsberg claimed that Blake appeared to him in a vision in order to tell him that he was a good poet.

  • January 17

    Question:

    What Elizabethan poet's ambiguous epitaph could be read either as an invitation to pray for his soul or a comment on his great wit?

    Answer ->

    Ben Jonson. His tomb reads, "O rare Ben Jonson" which has been taken by some to refer to the Latin word orare ("pray") and by others to be a comment on the scarcity of such a witty man.

  • January 16

    Question:

    What twentieth century British poet shared a name (but not its spelling) with an American actor famous for starring in westerns?

    Answer ->

    John Wain.

  • January 15

    Question:

    What British poet is famous for founding "The Movement" while working as a librarian?

    Answer ->

    Philip Larkin. He was a librarian at the University of Hull in Yorkshire.

  • January 14

    Question:

    What poet was a Herman Melville scholar before he began his long poem about Gloucester, Massachusetts, once a whaling town?

    Answer ->

    Charles Olson. His scholarly work on Herman Melville is collected in a volume titled Call Me Ishmael . The Maximus Poems was a project that remained unfinished at the time of his death.

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