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London Literary Allusions
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Which Renaissance poet wrote the line,
"London, thou art the Flower of Cities all!"
Sir Thomas Wyatt
What is London called in William Shakespeare's play "Cymbeline"?
Who in the eighteenth century wrote a poem called "Farewell to London" which begins,
"Dear, damn'd, distracting Town, Farewell!"
Which one of these quotations does *not* come from the mouth of the great Samuel Johnson?
When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.
By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show.
It is the folly of many to mistake the echo of a London coffee-house for the voice of the kingdom.
There is in London all that life can afford.
Who described London as "a great wen growing upon the fair face of England"?
Which one of these phrases occurs in William Blake's poem "London"?
Which Romantic poet wrote that:
"Hell is a city much like London,
A populous and a smoky city"?
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Which Victorian novelist claimed that "London is a modern Babylon" and that "London is a roost for every bird"?
William Makepeace Thackeray
The Irish poet W.B.Yeats referred to "this melancholy London - I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetually". In which London street did Yeats live for many years?
Which twentieth-century poet wrote,
"I thought of London spread out in the sun,
Its postal districts packed like squares of wheat"?
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