Poetry Trivia Questions
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What is the secet power of poets, according to Percy Bysshe Shelley?
"Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world." Shelley makes the statement in the conclusion to his "Defense of Poetry," where he argues, following Torquato Tasso that "No one merits the name of creator except God and the Poet."
What was Alexander Pope's famous advice to aspiring poets?
"Keep your piece nine years." The advice appears in the "Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot," where Pope bemoans the many poetasters who seek his advice on their poems. This mirrors the advice given by Horace in his "Ars Poetica."
Who is the first English poet to secure an independent income solely through his writing?
Alexander Pope. Between his popular satires and his translations of Homer, Pope managed to have an income sufficient to afford a small villa at Twickenham, fully equipped with an artificial grotto.
Who is regarded as an Irish national hero for penning an ironic essay suggesting that poor Irish children could be sold as food to the wealthy English?
Jonathan Swift. The essay was slyly titled "A Modest Proposal."
Who earned the following praise from Virginia Woolf: "All women together ought to let flowers fall upon [her grave] . . . For it was she who earned them the right to speak their minds"?