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The Fascinating Lives of Poets

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The Fascinating Lives of Poets game quiz
"Sometimes, fact is stranger than fiction, and just as interesting. Name the poet from the biographical clues given. Many clues contain allusions to the poets' works, so you need not be a biographer to play!"

15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit  



1. His "Tales" never told the tale of his own strange journey. He was once captured by the French and later ransomed back to the English.
    Christopher Marlowe
    Sir Thomas Mallory
    William Langland
    Geoffrey Chaucer


2. He was something of a Don Juan, although he was born with a deformity. One of his many pilgrimages included a journey to Greece, where he funded and commanded soldiers who resisted the Turkish forces. He loved the Greek people, and his heart-quite literally--remained in Missonlonghi.
    Alexander Pope
    Lord Byron
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Ezra Pound


3. This hunchback taught himself Greek and began writing serious poetry at the age of twelve. In one of those poems, he referred to "this long Disease, my life."
    Alexander Pope
    Victor Hugo
    Lord Byron
    T.S. Eliot


4. Expelled from college for writing in support of atheism, this poet also had the distinction of driving his wife to drown herself.
    Lord Byron
    Percy Bysshe Shelley
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    Ezra Pound


5. This author of the poem "A Farewell to Tobacco" spent most of his life caring for his insane sister, who had stabbed their mother to death.
    Charles Lamb
    Ezra Pound
    Lord Byron
    Walt Whitman


6. He couldn't pay the debts he'd incurred from wine, women, and opium. So he joined the army under the pseudonym of Silas Tomkyn Comberbache.
    Answer: (Last Name Only; consider the initials)


7. A man named William Wayte once sued to have this author of "Venus and Adonis" bound over to keep the peace, "for fear of death."
    Christopher Marlowe
    Arthur Miller
    Ben Jonson
    William Shakespeare


8. This author of "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love" had a pretty passionate life of his own. He would have been arrested by the Queen's Privy Council, had he not first been killed in a bar room brawl.
    Ben Jonson
    William Shakespeare
    T.S. Eliot
    Christopher Marlowe


9. Who would have thought an Anglican priest could once have lived such a romantic life? Nevertheless, this poet secretly married the 17 year old niece of Lady Egerton, an act which landed him in jail.
    William Wordsworth
    George Herbert
    John Donne
    Gerard Manley Hopkins


10. This poet would have been tried for treason against the United States, but he was found mentally unfit to stand trial.
    Ezra Pound
    T.S. Eliot
    Robert Frost
    Walt Whitman


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Compiled Jun 28 12