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1. 'Retard Girl', one of Hole's earliest songs, contains the line 'as shines the moon among the lesser fires', an English translation of the Latin 'velut inter ignis luna minors'. The line is from the first book of 'Odes' by Quintus Horatius Flaccus, a Roman poet. By which name was he also known?
2. 'Good Sister Bad Sister' has a reference to a line from 'Ariel', a Sylvia Plath poem. 'You're choking on big black bloody mouthfuls of it' was Courtney Love's line, while Plath's original was 'Black sweet blood mouthfuls! Shadows!' Ariel is the name of a character from 'The Tempest' by William Shakespeare, but who or what else was the poem named after?
3. 'Mrs Jones' features the line 'East is East and West is West...', from 'The Ballad of East and West' by Rudyard Kipling. How does the line end in Kipling's poem?
4. The line 'I'm eating you, I'm overfed' in 'Plump' is a homage to the line 'They are eating each other. They are overfed.' from the poem 'The Ballad of the Lonely Masturbator'. Which American poet, who committed suicide in 1974, wrote it?
5. In Hole's version of 'Old Age', a song also recorded by Nirvana, Courtney Love sings, 'No-one knows she's Hester Prynne'. In which book by Nathaniel Hawthorne is Hester Prynne the protagonist?
6. 'Celebrity Skin' quotes a line from the poem 'A Superscription': 'Look in my face, my face is Might-Have-Been'. Which of the talented Rossetti siblings, who was an artist as well as a poet, wrote 'A Superscription'?
7. A repeated line in 'Celebrity Skin' is 'I'm glad I came here with your pound of flesh'. In which Shakespeare play, often criticised for being antisemitic, does one character demand a pound of flesh from another as payment?
8. 'Celebrity Skin' as a whole features many allusions to water and drowning, and the album artwork includes 'Ophelia', a painting of the 'Hamlet' character who drowned herself. Which epic poem by TS Eliot, which Courtney Love cited as a lyrical inspiration for the album, contains a section entitled 'Death by Water'?
9. 'Reasons to Be Beautiful' contains the line 'threw myself on fires for you'. In Virgil's 'Aeneid', which Carthaginian queen committed suicide by throwing herself onto a funeral pyre and impaling herself with Aeneas' sword?
10. Hole got their name from a line in 'Medea', a play by the Greek dramatist Euripides: 'There's a hole that pierces right through me.' Who was Medea in Greek mythology?
Source: Author Kankurette
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