Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • January 20

    Question:

    What poem provided the title for E. M. Forster's novel Where Angels Fear to Tread and the phrase in the Elvis Presley song, "Fools rush in?"

    Answer ->

    Alexander Pope's (1688-1744) "An Essay on Criticism." ("Nay, fly to Altars; there they'll talk you dead; / For Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread.")

  • January 19

    Question:

    What 19th-century American poet coined the phrase "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world"?

    Answer ->

    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.

  • 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.

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