Poetry Trivia Questions

In case you missed them, here are the past five Columbia Granger's World of Poetry trivia questions of the day. You can also receive our poetry trivia questions via RSS Feed Trivia RSS Feed.

  • 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.

  • January 15

    Question:

    What British poet is famous for founding "The Movement" while working as a librarian?

    Answer ->

    Philip Larkin. He was a librarian at the University of Hull in Yorkshire.

  • January 14

    Question:

    What poet was a Herman Melville scholar before he began his long poem about Gloucester, Massachusetts, once a whaling town?

    Answer ->

    Charles Olson. His scholarly work on Herman Melville is collected in a volume titled Call Me Ishmael . The Maximus Poems was a project that remained unfinished at the time of his death.

  • January 13

    Question:

    What acclaimed Australian Poet was actually invented by two bored soldiers in 1943?

    Answer ->

    "Ern Malley." The soldiers, James Philip McAuley and Harold Stewart, who were poets themselves, constructed an oeuvre for "Ern Malley" by making collages of texts available in their remote security outpost. "Malley," originally intended as an embarrassment to the Australian avant-garde, has come to be highly respected by poets like John Ashbery and Kenneth Koch.

  • January 12

    Question:

    What W.B. Yeats (1865-1939) poem provided the title for Chinua Achebe's (b. 1930) seminal novel of Nigeria?

    Answer ->

    The book Things Fall Apart: A Novel found its title in "The Second Coming." ("Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; / Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world. . .")

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