Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • August 18

    Question:

    What Elizabethan poet described Petrarch's influence on verse writing as being like Procrustes' bed?

    Answer ->

    Because the sonnet had become so popular that poems that were too short for the form were stretched to fit it and those too long for it were cut short, Ben Jonson likened Petrach's influence to Procrustes' infamously adujstable bed.

  • August 17

    Question:

    What poet described T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" as "piece of rhythmical grumbling"?

    Answer ->

    T.S. Eliot himself.

  • August 16

    Question:

    What poet was called "The World's Greatest Living Observer" by Elizabeth Bishop?

    Answer ->

    Marianne Moore

  • August 15

    Question:

    What Beat Poet inspired Robert Lowell to stop writing formalist poems and develop the poetics of confession he would use in Life Studies ?

    Answer ->

    Allen Ginsberg

  • August 14

    Question:

    In 1974 what poet refused to accept the National Book Award as an individual, instead joining with two other female poets to accept it on behalf of all silenced women?

    Answer ->

    Adrienne Rich. She shared it with her co-nominees Alice Walker and Audre Lorde.

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