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Who's That Other Poet? Trivia Quiz


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.

A photo quiz by stedman. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
stedman
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
349,245
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Easy
Avg Score
9 / 10
Plays
3284
Awards
Top 5% quiz!
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Question 1 of 10
1. This nineteenth-century English writer was during his early life better known as a serious painter of birds and landscapes, but he is very much better known nowadays as a writer of comic children's verse such as "The Owl and the Pussycat". Shown here in a caricature by himself, who is he? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. This nineteenth-century American poet, born in 1807, is best-known for his long narrative poem "The Song of Hiawatha", which tells of the life and adventures of the eponymous Native American hero. What is this poet's name? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. Born in 1608, this English poet did not publish a collection of poetry until 1645/46, and his masterpiece, the epic poem "Paradise Lost", was first published in 1667, when he was nearly 60. Who is he? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. It would surely be impossible for a young person to pass through the educational system of the United States without studying at least one poem by this nineteenth-century American writer. "The Raven", with its mesmeric use of alliteration and rhyme, was an instant success, although its writer sadly lived for only another four years after its publication in 1845. His first names are Edgar Allan; his three-letter surname is what?

Answer: (One Word, three letters ONLY)
Question 5 of 10
5. This eighteenth-century poet is best-known today for his mock-heroic poem "The Rape of the Lock", a satire on the society of his time which describes how a young lady has a lock of hair cut off by an admirer, and the dire consequences of this act. Who is he? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. Some of the poems of this nineteenth-century poet were illustrated by her brother, who was a distinguished artist. Her Christmas poem "In the Bleak Midwinter" became well-known as a carol in the version set to music by Gustav Holst in 1906. Who is she? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. This English poet, born in 1792, was one of the key members of the Romantic movement of poetry. His best-known works include such much-anthologised short poems as "Ozymandias", "To a Skylark" and "Ode to the West Wind". Who is he? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and "The Lady of Shalott" are two of the most popular works of this Victorian poet, although his finest work may be "In Memoriam A.H.H.", written in memory of his friend Arthur Hallam. What is his name? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. Born in 1770, this English poet was a key figure in the Romantic movement, and lived for much of his life in the English Lake District. He is probably best known for his poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", also known as "Daffodils". Can you name him? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Born in Dublin in 1865, this Irish poet became strongly linked with the nationalist movement of his home country. His poetry draws heavily on its culture and mythology, as seen in such poems as "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" and "The Wild Swans at Coole". What is his name? Hint



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1. This nineteenth-century English writer was during his early life better known as a serious painter of birds and landscapes, but he is very much better known nowadays as a writer of comic children's verse such as "The Owl and the Pussycat". Shown here in a caricature by himself, who is he?

Answer: Edward Lear

Throughout his life, Edward Lear (1812-1888) combined his career as a serious artist with collections of comic verse, starting with his "Book of Nonsense" in 1846. This contained the first of the "limericks" for which he became famous, although he did not invent the form as is sometimes thought (its origin is unknown, although examples exist that pre-date Lear's own).

Lear made many amusing drawings of himself, often in the context of his own poems.
2. This nineteenth-century American poet, born in 1807, is best-known for his long narrative poem "The Song of Hiawatha", which tells of the life and adventures of the eponymous Native American hero. What is this poet's name?

Answer: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The Song of Hiawatha" was first published in 1855, and was an immediate success. Its instantly-recognisable metre and rhythm made it the subject of numerous parodies, including one by Lewis Carroll entitled "Hiawatha's Photographing". Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride" also remains popular, especially in the United States.

This 1868 photograph of Longfellow is by Julia Margaret Cameron, and was taken on the Isle of Wight, England.
3. Born in 1608, this English poet did not publish a collection of poetry until 1645/46, and his masterpiece, the epic poem "Paradise Lost", was first published in 1667, when he was nearly 60. Who is he?

Answer: John Milton

"Paradise Lost" tells the Biblical story of the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, set against the poet's own imagining of the rebellion of Lucifer and his followers against God, and their own expulsion from Heaven. Its sequel, "Paradise Regained", is about the temptation of Christ. By the time he came to write "Paradise Lost", he was already totally blind.

This anonymous etching shows Milton around the time "Paradise Lost" was first published.
4. It would surely be impossible for a young person to pass through the educational system of the United States without studying at least one poem by this nineteenth-century American writer. "The Raven", with its mesmeric use of alliteration and rhyme, was an instant success, although its writer sadly lived for only another four years after its publication in 1845. His first names are Edgar Allan; his three-letter surname is what?

Answer: Poe

Edgar Allan Poe's macabre imagination is expressed not only in such poems as "Annabel Lee", "Lenore" and "The Raven", but short stories such as "The Pit and the Pendulum", "The Black Cat" and "Ligeia". He was born plain Edgar Poe in 1809, and took his middle name, Allan, from the surname of the family who looked after him as a child after his mother's death.

This portrait of Poe by Oscar Halling was not taken from life, but was based on an 1849 daguerrotype.
5. This eighteenth-century poet is best-known today for his mock-heroic poem "The Rape of the Lock", a satire on the society of his time which describes how a young lady has a lock of hair cut off by an admirer, and the dire consequences of this act. Who is he?

Answer: Alexander Pope

Alexander Pope (1688-1744) also wrote "The Dunciad", which attacked many of his contemporaries for their dullness and general lack of literary ability. Naturally enough, he was denounced in turn by those whom he had criticised, and many poems were in turn written attacking him. The world of eighteenth-century English literature was certainly not dull!

This likeness of him is based on a portrait by William Hoare.
6. Some of the poems of this nineteenth-century poet were illustrated by her brother, who was a distinguished artist. Her Christmas poem "In the Bleak Midwinter" became well-known as a carol in the version set to music by Gustav Holst in 1906. Who is she?

Answer: Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti's brother was Dante Gabriel Rossetti, the co-founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood of artists as well as a poet himself. He provided illustrations for the first publication of her 1862 book "Goblin Market and Other Poems". She also sat as a model for a number of his paintings, including the Virgin Mary in "Ecce Ancilla Domini" - "Here is God's Maid".

This undated sketch of her is also by her brother.
7. This English poet, born in 1792, was one of the key members of the Romantic movement of poetry. His best-known works include such much-anthologised short poems as "Ozymandias", "To a Skylark" and "Ode to the West Wind". Who is he?

Answer: Percy Bysshe Shelley

Shelley, like his fellow Romantic poet Keats, died tragically young while in Italy (in 1822, just before his 30th birthday), although in his case it was as a result of drowning when his yacht capsized after being caught in a storm. His second wife, Mary, wrote the novel "Frankenstein", and recent studies of the original manuscript indicates that he made a significant contribution to its final form.

This 1819 portrait by Alfred Clint can be seen in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
8. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and "The Lady of Shalott" are two of the most popular works of this Victorian poet, although his finest work may be "In Memoriam A.H.H.", written in memory of his friend Arthur Hallam. What is his name?

Answer: Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Tennyson was ennobled in 1884, becoming Baron Tennyson of Aldworth and Freshwater. He succeeded Wordsworth as Poet Laureate in 1850; his 42 years in this post is unlikely ever to be beaten, especially now that the post is restricted to a 10- year appointment rather than held until death. His son, Hallam Tennyson, was the second Governor-General of Australia.

This 1869 carbon print is by Julia Margaret Cameron.
9. Born in 1770, this English poet was a key figure in the Romantic movement, and lived for much of his life in the English Lake District. He is probably best known for his poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud", also known as "Daffodils". Can you name him?

Answer: William Wordsworth

Wordsworth's earliest poems were regarded as enormously original and daring in their use of natural language and imagery, although he ended his life as Poet Laureate, his reputation secure as one of England's greatest and most popular poets. His masterpiece is generally said to be his long autobiographical poem "The Prelude", which was published after his death in 1850. Dove Cottage in the Lake District, where he lived with his sister Dorothy from 1799-1808, is now a popular local tourist attraction.

The original of this 1842 portrait, by Benjamin Robert Haydon, can be seen in London's National Portrait Gallery.
10. Born in Dublin in 1865, this Irish poet became strongly linked with the nationalist movement of his home country. His poetry draws heavily on its culture and mythology, as seen in such poems as "The Lake Isle of Innisfree" and "The Wild Swans at Coole". What is his name?

Answer: William Butler Yeats

Some of Yeats' poetry is heavily mystical, but his more lyrical shorter verses, with their poetic feeling for nature, remain popular. He played a major part in setting up Dublin's Abbey Theatre, which opened in 1904 with the specific aim of encouraging Irish theatre. Subsequently, in 1923 Yeats became the first Irishman to receive the "Nobel Prize in Literature".

This portrait from 1900 was painted by his father, John Butler Yeats. His younger brother - also named John Butler, but known as "Jack" (presumably to avoid family confusion) - was also an important painter.
Source: Author stedman

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