Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • August 21

    Question:

    The French poet Charles Cros is famous for almost inventing what device, only to be "beaten to the patent office" by Thomas Edison?

    Answer ->

    The phonograph. Cros submitted proposals to the French Academy of Sciences, but before he could create a working model, Edison had already perfected his version of the device.

  • August 20

    Question:

    What famous sonnet was written by Percy Bysshe Shelley as part of a competition with his friend Horace Smith over who could write a better poem in reaction to a news story about archeological discoveries in Egypt?

    Answer ->

    "Ozymandias"

  • August 19

    Question:

    What English novelist would turn to poetry after his novels were criticized for their frank treatment of sexuality?

    Answer ->

    Thomas Hardy

  • 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.

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