Poetry Trivia Questions
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What 19th-century American poet coined the phrase "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world"?
William Ross Wallace coined the phrase in a poem of the same name ("The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the Hand That Rules the World.") Less well-known today, Wallace was a good friend of Edgar Allan Poe, and his poetry was popular in its time. Today he is largely remembered for the aforementioned phrase, if at all.
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?
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.