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Quiz about The Nations Favourite Poems Name the Author
Quiz about The Nations Favourite Poems Name the Author

"The Nation's Favourite Poems" Name the Author Quiz


All poems are taken from the BBC's book: "The Nation's Favourite Poems". I will give you two lines from each poem and ask you to pick the author.

A multiple-choice quiz by cmt101. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
cmt101
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
275,082
Updated
Mar 21 22
# Qns
10
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Question 1 of 10
1. These opening lines: "If you can keep your head when all about you/ Are losing theirs and blaming it on you..." are from a poem written by whom? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. Which poet composed the following: "And thro' the field the road runs by/ To many tower'd Camelot"? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. "'Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller/ Knocking on the moonlit door..." are famous lines from a poem written by which poet? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Who wrote a poem including the following lines: "I was much further out than you thought/ And not waving but drowning"? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. Which poet wrote a poem containing the lines: "I wander'd lonely as a cloud/ That floats on high o'er vales and hills..."? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. "In all my dreams, before my helpless sight/ He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning," is a snippet from a poem by which of the following poets? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Which of the poets below wrote the following lines: "Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths/ Enwrought with golden and silver light..."? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. Which poet wrote a poem that includes the following lines:
"Remember me when I am gone away/ Gone far away into the silent land..."?
Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. "See the mountains kiss high heaven/ And the waves clasp one another," are lines composed by which famous poet, given below? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. The following lines: "And the Raven, never fitting, still is sitting-still is sitting/ On the pallid bust of pallas just above my chamber door," were written as part of a poem by which of the poets given below? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. These opening lines: "If you can keep your head when all about you/ Are losing theirs and blaming it on you..." are from a poem written by whom?

Answer: Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in 1865 and died in 1936. He was born in Bombay, India, where he was raised by an ayah, who taught Rudyard Hindustani as his first language. At the age of six, Rudyard was sent to study in England, where he stayed in a foster home in Southsea; the time spent here was very unhappy for Rudyard and is described in his story, "Baa Baa, Black Sheep." The lines above are from the poem "If".
2. Which poet composed the following: "And thro' the field the road runs by/ To many tower'd Camelot"?

Answer: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Alfred was born on August 6th 1809 in Somersby, England and died in 1892. In 1829, Tennyson gained the Chancellor's medal for an English prize poem, entitled: "Timbuctoo". His father, Dr. George Clayton Tennyson, was a reverend. In 1830, with his friend Arthur Hallam, Tennyson joined a Spanish revolutionary army. Alfred was appointed Poet Laureate of England in 1850.

The lines used for the question have been taken from the poem "The Lady of Shalott".
3. "'Is there anybody there?' said the Traveller/ Knocking on the moonlit door..." are famous lines from a poem written by which poet?

Answer: Walter De La Mare

Walter De La Mare was born in 1873 and brought up in Charlton, Kent, England. It is with this poem, "The Listeners", in 1912, that Walter first gained literary success. Walter's full name is Walter John De La Mare. As well as a poet, Walter was also an anthologist. He was educated at St. Paul's School, London.
4. Who wrote a poem including the following lines: "I was much further out than you thought/ And not waving but drowning"?

Answer: Stevie Smith

Stevie's real name was in fact Florence Margaret Smith; she was born in Hull, England in 1902 and died in 1971. When Florence was a child her mother died, forcing her and her sister to move in with their aunt, knick-named 'lion.' Stevie's first book was published in 1936. Florence attended the North London Collegiate School for Girls in London, which she moved to at the age of three. Florence's first and only job was with the magazine publisher, Newnes-Pearson. The title of the poem used is in the lines themselves: "Not Waving, But Drowning".
5. Which poet wrote a poem containing the lines: "I wander'd lonely as a cloud/ That floats on high o'er vales and hills..."?

Answer: William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth was born at Cockermouth, England on April 7th 1770 and died in 1850, being buried next to his daughter in Grasmere churchyard. His father died when William was just seven years old. William was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge University and attained a degree in 1791.

After receiving his degree, William went to France. He did not see his first daughter until she was nine years old, due to war forcing Wordsworth to remain in France and his lover, Annette Vallon of Orléans, in England. "The Daffodils" is the poem that the above lines are taken from.
6. "In all my dreams, before my helpless sight/ He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning," is a snippet from a poem by which of the following poets?

Answer: Wilfred Owen

Wilfred was born in Shropshire, England in 1893. In 1913, Wilfred went to France to teach English and remained there for two years. He fought in the Battle of the Somme and died on the Sombre Canal one week before the armistice was signed in 1918. In 1918 he won the Military Cross. The lines given are from the famous "Dulce Et Decorum Est".
7. Which of the poets below wrote the following lines: "Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths/ Enwrought with golden and silver light..."?

Answer: W.B Yeats

William Butler Yates was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1865 and died in 1939. He and Lady Gregory founded the Irish Literary Theatre. William was a leader of the Irish Renaissance. William, along with his school friend, Charles Johnson, formed the Dublin Hermetic Society in June 1885, to promote the study of Asian religions. "He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven" is the poem the lines were taken from.
8. Which poet wrote a poem that includes the following lines: "Remember me when I am gone away/ Gone far away into the silent land..."?

Answer: Christina Rossetti

Born in 1830 and dying in 1894, Christina was a devout Anglican and as a result of this, turned down two marriage proposals, one to a protestant and another to an atheist. She was born in London and is a British, lyric poet. Illness had rendered Christina an invalid by the time she was fifty and she spent the last 15 years of her life as a recluse.

She developed a fatal cancer in the year 1891. The poem used in this question was "Remember".
9. "See the mountains kiss high heaven/ And the waves clasp one another," are lines composed by which famous poet, given below?

Answer: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Percy Bysshe Shelley was born in Sussex, England in 1792. He died by drowning, returning from Italy in 1822, and a volume of Keats' poetry was found in his coat pocket. His father was a member of the House of Commons. Percy is known as one of the most influential leaders of the Romantic movement. The above lines are taken from the poem, "Love's Philosophy".
10. The following lines: "And the Raven, never fitting, still is sitting-still is sitting/ On the pallid bust of pallas just above my chamber door," were written as part of a poem by which of the poets given below?

Answer: Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19th 1809 in Boston; he died in Baltimore in 1849. In 1833, he won two prizes of 100 dollars each, one for a tale in prose and one prize for a poem. Edgar's parents were both touring actors and died in Edgar's early childhood. The poet "The Raven" was composed in 1845 and is the poem the above lines are taken from.
Source: Author cmt101

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