Poetry Trivia Questions

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  • November 14

    Question:

    Who has been identified as Europe's first professional female writer? And in what century was she writing?

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    Christine de Pisan developed her reputation as a writer from 1399 to 1430. Born in Venice, she worked for the king of France as an astrologer, physician and alchemist. Aphra Behn is considered one of the first English women to be a professional writer.

  • November 13

    Question:

    It is generally believed that Shakespeare died on the same day that he was born, April 23rd. What poet from more recent times died on the same day he was born, also in April?

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    C. P. Cavafy was born on April 29th, 1863, and died on April 29th, 1933

  • November 12

    Question:

    What nineteenth century American poet was sent $170 by his classmates at the United States Military Academy at West Point to fund the publication of his poetry?

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    Edgar Allan Poe. He was known at West Point for writing satires, but when the book came out it instead contained some of the first examples of the gothic verse for which he would later become famous.

  • November 11

    Question:

    At what poet's funeral were a prime minister and the leader of the opposition pallbearers, as well as  leading literary lights?

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    Thomas Hardy's. The pallbearers were Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, Ramsay MacDonald, James Barrie, George Bernard Shaw, John Galsworthy, Edmond Gosse, AE Housman, and Rudyard Kipling.

  • November 10

    Question:

    Whose 1866 book Hyak nin is'shiu, or,Stanzas by a Century of Poets, Being Japanese Lyrical Odes , was a literary model for the Imagists?

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    Frederick Victor Dickins is responsible for the first English translation of the Hyakunin isshu , which is also known as 100 Poems by 100 Poets .

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