Fun Trivia team Poetic License has taken upon itself to write a team quiz. Since our name is Poetic License due to our liberal massacre of the English language, we have opted to do our quiz on our favorite individual poets. Good luck and have fun.
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.
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!
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.
"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!
My grandchildren are starting to enjoy poetry so I reflected on what lines of poesy had charmed me in my formative years. I took the battered copy of my much loved "Palgrave's Golden Treasury", leafed through and rediscovered these gems.
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.
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