Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • May 29

    Question:

    William Blake was arrested and put on trial. What was his crime?

    Answer ->

    Blake was arrested for making seditious utterances and "damning the king," while he was ejecting a drunken soldier from his garden. Blake was eventually acquitted, but he carried the sense of being persecuted into his later works.

  • May 28

    Question:

    With the exception of his first book, which late eighteenth century poet's works were not printed on a letter press?

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    William Blake. As a draftsman and engraver, Blake carved out his poems and the accompanying illustrations on printing plates.

  • May 27

    Question:

    What poets, from the earlier half of the eighteenth century, have been referred to as "proto-Romantics"?

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    Thomas Gray and William Collins. In contrast to the satirists who were their contemporaries, these poets wrote contemplative lyric poems in blank verse, prefiguring the works of William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

  • May 26

    Question:

    What English poet, now known as second only to Shakespeare, was better known as a political pamphleteer during his lifetime?

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    John Milton

  • May 25

    Question:

    Who was the first English poet to compile his own collected works, an act disparaged by his contemporaries because he included plays, a literary form considered unworthy of publication?

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    Ben Jonson

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