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You will find links to the most well known poets here. This category also contains a large number of mixed poetry quizzes, where you can test your knowledge of everything poetic.   

There are 151 quizzes and 1,510 trivia questions in this category.
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category Auden, W.H. category Brooke, Rupert
category Browning, Robert category Burns, Robert
category Carroll, Lewis category Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
category cummings, e e category Dickinson, Emily
category Eliot, T. S. category Frost, Robert
category Heaney, Seamus category Jeffers, Robinson
category Keats, John category Kipling, Rudyard
category Lear, Edward category Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
category Milton, John category Paterson, Banjo
category Plath, Sylvia category Poe, Edgar Allan
folder Poetic Quotes (31) folder Poetry Terminology (10)
category Pope, Alexander category Rimbaud, Arthur
category Silverstein, Shel category Tennyson, Alfred Lord
category Thomas, Dylan folder War Poetry (7)
category Yeats, William Butler
Bad Pickup Lines: Poetry Edition

I'm trying to imitate love poetry of some of the greatest poets of history, but for some reason, something's not going right. Can you still identify through substance and style which poets might have penned these lines?
Average (10 qns)
Jan 09 16
417 plays
Who's That Poet?

Can you identify these poets from their pictures? To help you, some clues about their life and works have been given as well.
Easy (10 qns)
Mar 29 12
4041 plays
You Know More Poetry Than You Think!

Just as we all know a little classical music from watching old Bugs Bunny cartoons, everyone has picked up bits and tag ends of poetry. Just complete the line.
Average (25 qns)
Mar 02 03
7434 plays
Who's That Other Poet?

Since my previous "Who's That Poet?" quiz only took us up to the letter "K", a sequel was surely inevitable. As before, the pictures are supported with clues about their life and works.
Easy (10 qns)
May 14 12
2517 plays
William Blake: The Prophet Poet

Questions are primarily concerned with Blake's poetry, but a few biographical facts are inserted for good measure.
Difficult (20 qns)
Jul 25 03
738 plays
Carol Ann Duffy's "Selling Manhattan"

This quiz centres around the Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy, and more specifically her second collection of poetry, "Selling Manhattan", which was published in 1987.
Tough (10 qns)
Jul 05 08
207 plays
Name That Poet In Three Clues!

How do you love poetry? Let's count the ways and see if you recognize some of the world's greatest poets from a line of their poetry and two other interesting tidbits.
Average (10 qns)
Mar 16 10
2262 plays
Spring's Eternal Hopes

Yes, yes, we've all heard Alexander Pope's declaration: "Hope springs eternal in the human breast". However, joy doesn't have to come from breasts: it can spring from spring itself! Here follows a quiz of famous classical poems about spring!
Average (10 qns)
Mar 09 12
408 plays
Poetic Parodies

Verse parody in English is as least as old as Chaucer, but this quiz deals with the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Can you identify the poets who are the authors or targets of ten parodies?
Average (10 qns)
Jul 20 05
1620 plays

This wonderful prose poem, "Desiderata" (Latin for "desired things"), copyrighted in 1927 by Max Ehrmann, is about attaining happiness in life. I adopted "Desiderata" as my credo as a teen in the early 1970s. I hope you like it as much as I do!
Average (10 qns)
Apr 08 07
495 plays
Often Anthologized Oldies

Remember the "Introduction to Literature" anthology from your high school or college days? While new poems are added with each new edition, some appear over and over. These perennials may sound familiar.
Average (10 qns)
Nov 19 11
426 plays
Foreign Poetry

Most players here will have heard of Shakespeare, Tennyson, Lord Byron or others, and many of you can quote these poets. What about Dutch, French, German, Italian, Roman and Greek poets?
Average (10 qns)
Jul 23 16
120 plays
Love, Poetically

One of the favourite topics for poets, there are many poems featuring love to choose from. Here are just ten of them for you to fall in love with.
Average (10 qns)
Sep 25 13
822 plays
Are you Averse to Verse?

I give you the first of two lines of verse from some classic poems of English Literature and you finish the couplet for me. What could be easier?
Average (10 qns)
Aug 09 07
1485 plays
Write Me a Love Song

Sonnets are usually amorous poems, and Shakespeare wrote some of the most famous in the English language. Many other famous writers have had a go at the genre, too!
Tough (10 qns)
Aug 27 16
159 plays
Neoclassical Poetry

Labels, labels everywhere. Now we explore "neoclassical" poetry, with an emphasis on Pope and Dryden.
Difficult (25 qns)
Feb 21 03
594 plays
Immortal Lines from Classic Poems

This quiz is about some of the most famous opening/last lines in English poetry over the centuries. Identify the poem from the lines given. You will hopefully go back and read the whole poem after this quiz :)
Average (10 qns)
Jun 23 09
1494 plays
Location, Location, Location!

So often it is that place provides the greatest inspiration to the human heart. Do you recognize these poems inspired by a particular place or location?
Average (10 qns)
May 06 15
384 plays
Memorable Poetry Recalled

This quiz is about poems I have loved and lived with since I was a child. I delight in sharing them with you now. So, I give you some first lines of some memorable poems and a clue or two and you tell me the poet.
Average (10 qns)
Jul 08 07
1419 plays
Bad Poetry

Below are some really terrible poems which I've written. Can you identify whom or what they're supposed to be about?
Average (10 qns)
Nov 17 02
4335 plays
William McGonagall -The World's Best Bad Poet?

To achieve such a standard as to be remembered over a century later as his country's second most famous poet (after Robert Burns), surely demonstrates William McGonagall's achievements in the field of poetic incompetence.
Tough (10 qns)
May 02 09
180 plays
Metaphysical Poets

Questions about the great metaphysical poets and their verses, with emphasis on Donne and Herbert. (Note: odd spellings in quotes are the poets' original spellings.)
Difficult (25 qns)
Jan 30 03
723 plays
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary!

"Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" is Quiz Number 10 of a series based on my teammates names. They volunteered to be my guinea pigs. I volunteered to "experiment" on them! (Bwaa-haa-haaa!) Hope you enjoy this series!
Average (10 qns)
Sep 24 13
387 plays
In the Forests of the Night

Have you ever wanted to be a poet? Why not learn from these best of British? All questions will be multiple choice.
Easy (10 qns)
Jan 10 13
624 plays
The Epic Poem

The narrative epic poem is one of the first forms of literature throughout the world. See if you can answer 20 questions about this genre.
Average (15 qns)
Apr 08 09
567 plays
The Ten Most Anthologized Poems

William Harmon edited a book entitled "The Top 500 Poems", which contains all the top 500 English-language poems, as determined by how frequently each poem has been anthologized. Here are questions about the top ten of those 500 poems.
Average (10 qns)
Aug 01 09
1722 plays
Poet Tree

Match the poet to his poem.
Average (10 qns)
Aug 06 16
345 plays
Are You an Animal for Poetry?

The following quiz is a menagerie of poems praising everything from a curious cat to a cunning vixen. How many of these animal themed poems can you identify?
Average (10 qns)
Jan 16 11
1038 plays
Lovely Poetry!

The quotations in this quiz are all connected with love. They come from well-known poems. One song and one hymn crept in but I see these as poems set to music and so have included them. Do you know what the missing words are from these excerpts?
Average (10 qns)
Aug 16 10
375 plays
Tonight We Dream In Poems

Whoa. What a curious dream. I'm sitting in this unfamiliar, grand dining room with settings for 12. In walk ten individuals, some I recognize and some I don't. They begin to talk in verse. I take a seat and invite you to join me...
Average (10 qns)
Aug 03 05
426 plays
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