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Who's That Poet?

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"Can you identify these poets from their pictures? To help you, some clues about their life and works have been given as well."

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1. This Victorian poet with his splendid side-whiskers is probably best known for his much-anthologised poem "Dover Beach", although "Thyrsis" and "The Scholar Gypsy" were also popular in their day. What is his name?
    James Aubrey
    Alfred Austin
    Henry Alford
    Matthew Arnold


2. Born in 1757, this poet is equally important as an artist and engraver. His poetical works include "Songs of Innocence and Experience", "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" and "Milton", all of which were first published with his own illustrations as an integral part of the text.
    John Betjeman
    Wilfred Scawen Blunt
    Thomas Beddoes
    William Blake


3. This dashing gent was as famous during his lifetime for his many love affairs as for his poetry. In between carrying on with a series of married women, he found time to write such works as "The Corsair", "Manfred", "Mazeppa", and the long narrative poem "Don Juan". He is George Gordon, Lord ... ?
    Answer: (Five letters)


4. This portrait by Alexander Nasmyth was painted in 1787, when its subject was in his late twenties. Generally regarded as Scotland's national poet, he is well known as the author of "Auld Lang Syne" as well as such poems as "To a Mouse", "Tam O'Shanter" and "Address to a Haggis". Who is he?
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    Robert Browning
    Robert Burns
    Rupert Brooke


5. This fourteenth-century poet is shown here in a much later (seventeenth century) picture. If you don't recognise him as the author of "The Parlement of Foules", "The House of Fame" and "The Book of the Duchess", then mention of "The Canterbury Tales" should give away his identity. Who is he?
    G K Chesterton
    Arthur Hugh Clough
    Geoffrey Chaucer
    William Cowper


6. "Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink." is a couplet from this writer's most famous poem. It first appeared in the 1798 book entitled "Lyrical Ballads", written jointly by him and his good friend William Wordsworth. What is the name of this poet, one of the founders of the "Romantic Movement" in English poetry?
    Thomas Carew
    Thomas Chatterton
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    John Clare


7. To show that not all poets writing in English are (a) English by birth and (b) male, this lady was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, in 1830. Very few of her poems were published during her lifetime, and her first collection did not appear until 1890, four years after her death. Pictured here in a daguerreotype taken in around 1846/7, who is she?
    Carol Ann Duffy
    Hilda Doolittle
    Helen Dunmore
    Emily Dickinson


8. It may seem hard to believe from this rakish portrait of him as a young man in around 1595, but this poet became an Anglican clergyman and held the important post of Dean of St Paul's Cathedral in London. Later categorised as a "metaphysical poet", his best known works include the "Holy Sonnets", including that beginning "Death be not proud". Who is he?
    William Dunbar
    Michael Drayton
    John Donne
    John Dryden


9. This eighteenth-century poet is so inextricably linked with his most popular work, the "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard", that it is popularly known as "...'s Elegy". What is his name?
    Oliver Goldsmith
    Thom Gunn
    Robert Graves
    Thomas Gray


10. The career of this nineteenth-century poet was cut tragically short when he died of tuberculosis in 1821 at the age of only 25. He is best known for his odes, including "To Autumn", "Ode on a Grecian Urn" and "Ode to a Nightingale". What is his name?
    Rudyard Kipling
    John Keats
    Charles Kingsley
    Patrick Kavanagh


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Compiled Jun 28 12